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27 August 2000 Issue

SUPPORT ELEPHANT CONSERVATION: OPPOSE ILLEGAL POACHING AND RESUMPTION OF IVORY TRADING
Submitted by savewildlife@defenders.org

Barely ten years ago, wild elephants in Africa and Asia were hurtling towards extinction. Poachers were killing elephants in record numbers to feed the international demand for the ivory from elephant's tusks and their hides. Elephants in Africa were particularly hard hit, with populations in many countries nearly destroyed. In 1989, the nations of the world took action through the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) to ban the international ivory trade and stop the wholesale slaughter of the world's elephants.

In 1997, CITES allowed a one-time trade in stockpiled ivory to resume from some countries. That experiment resulted in dramatic increases in poaching, both in the countries involved in the trade and across Africa and Asia.

This past April in Nairobi, Kenya, the world's nations were once again asked at CITES to approve a proposal to lift the ban and allow the ivory trade to resume. In the end, this request was withdrawn, but the poaching and illegal trade that was sparked by the experimental ivory sale continues. To bring this poaching under control and to ensure that it doesn't explode again if the ivory trade resumes, governments must act now to enforce their laws and build their capacity to combat elephant poachers now and in the future.

Help save elephants by visiting:
http://www.helpelephants.org
Send a free e-mail to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging them to support elephant conservation and work to oppose illegal poaching and future efforts to resume international trade in ivory.

Sincerely,

Help Elephants Campaign
Defenders of Wildlife

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