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Originally Posted: August 11, 2012
Do NOT reverse the 20-year-long ban on the trade in ivory by creating a single body to regulate the legal sale of government-held ivory stockpiles. Africa already is losing an estimated 38,000 elephants a year to poaching. Any relaxing of the current ban on international sales of elephant ivory will lead to even more poaching and illegal trade, and eventually to extinction.
Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
And/or better yet, make direct contact:
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS
A proposal to legalize the ivory trade as a way to combat rampant elephant poaching sparked fierce debate at a recent CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. The CITES Standing Committee will meet again in October to fine tune the plan, which would then be considered for final approval at the March 2013 CITES meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
Approximately 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks. Reversing the ivory trade ban would have a devastating effect on elephants by triggering an increase in demand and sending even more illegal ivory into uncontrolled markets. Some scientists believe that if poaching and the ivory trade are not brought under control, most populations of elephants could face extinction by 2020. The real solution is to better protect elephants in their home ranges and to pressure those nations participating in illegal trade to do more to combat ivory smuggling and sales.
Help ensure that the U.S. government does not support any proposals that would open the door to the bloody ivory trade. U.S. residents only, use the form at this link to send a message to your U.S. Senators and Representative, plus Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar.+
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