Tell Secretary of the Interior to Tell Delegation to Vote YES to Appendix I proposal to protect African Elephants and Rhinos
Action Alert from All-Creatures.org

FROM

Friends of Animals (FOA)
September 2016

ACTION

The U.S. delegation to the upcoming CITES meeting must vote yes to a proposal that would restore all African elephants to CITES Appendix I, a classification which would prohibit commercial trade globally.

[CITES: Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species.]

elephant ivory

This is the critical, radical change we need to end the exploitation of elephants before it’s too late.

Sally Jewell
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street N.W.
Washington DC 20240
phone (202) 208-3100
fax (202) 208-6950
[email protected]

INFORMATION

The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) will meet from Sept. 24-Oct. 5 in South Africa, and we need our supporters to tell the U.S. delegation to vote yes to a proposal that would restore all African elephants to CITES Appendix I, a classification which would prohibit commercial trade globally. This is the critical, radical change we need to end the exploitation of elephants before it’s too late.

Please reach Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell by calling (202) 208-3100; sending an email to: [email protected], or writing to Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240, and tell her to instruct the delegation to vote yes to the Appendix I proposal.

Although African elephants were classified under Appendix I in 1989 (a proposal that Friends of Animals drafted), years later CITES downlisted the elephants of Botsawana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, in addition to authorizing “one-off” experimental sales totaling about 150 tons of ivory. These actions provided a rejuvenated market into which enormous volumes of contraband ivory is being laundered. The recently released census data from 18 African countries reveal a measly 352,271 savanna elephants and an immediate call to action.


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