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Originally Posted: 27 July 2009
Permanently Ban the Sale of Ivory
Tell CITES Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers that now is the time to urge international leaders to permanently ban the sale of ivory once and for all.
[FYI: CITES is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora]
Sign the online petition here
And/Or better yet, make direct contact:
Secretary-General Willem Wijnstekers
International Environment House
11 Chemin des Anémones
CH-1219 Châtelaine, Geneva
Kenyan Wildlife Authorities recently seized $1 million worth of elephant tusks and rhino horns bound for ivory markets in Asia. The growing demand of ivory has lead to skyrocketing rates of illegal poaching, and unless sales are permanently banned, elephants and rhinos are likely to go extinct.
For the past 20 years, members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) have allowed a limited legal ivory trade. But as ivory prices continue to rise on the black market, hundred of elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered annually -- threatening the already endangered populations.
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