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|Originally Posted: 17 March 2010|
Save African Elephants...End the Bloody Ivory Trade
Tell CITES to stop the bloody ivory trade and save African elephants from extinction!
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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
Elephants are being killed in their thousands for Bloody Ivory. It is all illegal ivory being smuggled out of Africa. Two countries are fuelling the crisis if their proposals to sell 110 tons of ivory are approved by the 175 countries of CITES, March 13-25, 2010.
What the Experts Say
It is very discouraging having to fight the battle to save
elephants once again. The 1989 ban helped elephants to recover
in most parts of Africa. Now even in Amboseli we're losing
elephants to ivory poachers for the first time in many years.
The sale of any ivory--legal or not--is creating demand. No one
needs ivory. It is a beautiful substance, but the only ones who
need it are elephants.
As long as ivory is valued as a commodity, every tusker is at
risk from poachers, and only where anti-poaching efforts are
sufficient will elephants survive. Anti-poaching costs money and
lives. Banning the ivory trade has been the single-most
effective and economical way to slow the loss of elephants
across their whole range - not just where they can be protected
by anti-poaching units.
Protecting elephants is an important part of fighting climate
change. Why? Because every day across Africa and Asia, elephants
disperse billions of seeds, some of which will grow into the
forests of tomorrow, sequestering and storing carbon, generating
rainfall and stabilising our climate. Save the elephants to save
the forests to save the world!!
As an attorney and author who has been deeply involved in
issues pertaining to elephant welfare for 10 years, I am
categorically opposed to resumption of ivory trade because all
evidence points to such trade fueling the human appetite for
ivory and the consequent, indiscriminate slaughter of these
Appendix I protected animals.
“The extinction of the African elephant is underway. The
question we are asking the decision-makers in Europe is: ‘Do
they want to see this happen?'”
“A single word can send out the wrong signal for those in the
illegal trade, that they can start killing as quickly as
Poaching is reducing continent-wide elephant populations by
more than 8% annually, although some countries are being hit
much harder than others. This level of off-take is unsustainable
and will have serious ecological consequences given the keystone
role elephants serve in African ecosystems.
Elephants are living treasures. Nature's gardeners. Nature's
great teachers. Tragically some people don't give a damn. They
prefer the dead treasure to the living one. The ivory. We must
challenge this so-called 'trade' with all our might and shame on
those who would condone it.
Thank you for everything you do for animals!