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Africa’s Wild Elephants Need Your Help

February 22nd, 2013 by Nicole Meyer

Africa’s elephants are being slaughtered at an alarming rate, poached for their tusks to meet a growing demand for ivory in Asia. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) approved a worldwide ban on the sale of ivory in 1989, then sanctioned two sales of stockpiles of ivory in 1999 and 2008. Today, poaching in some areas is the worst since the ban went into effect, decimating wild populations of elephants. In Gabon alone, poachers have killed more than 11,000 elephants in in recent years, representing two-thirds of the country’s elephants. Poachers carry large-caliber rifles to kill the elephants, then hack off their tusks with chainsaws, leaving behind the carcasses of entire families of elephants. This ivory is used to make jewelry, chopsticks, and other trinkets.

CITES is the governing body empowered to increase protection for elephants. Delegates will soon meet in Bangkok, Thailand for a convention starting March 3rd where they will discuss changes to existing laws.

Please urge your CITES representative to reject any future proposals for trade in ivory, support improved protection for elephants under CITES Appendix I (the greatest protection CITES offers), and return to the full ban on the sale of ivory established in 1989.

If you live in the U.S. please send a brief, polite email to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Department.

If you live outside of the U.S., please click here to identify the CITES representative for your country and corresponding email address.

118 Responses to “Africa’s Wild Elephants Need Your Help”

  1. March 20, 2013 at 6:22 am, Solan said:

    SOS pour tous les éléphants ,partout dans le monde !! Nous devons leur protéger
    Help pour Tania ex Samba! Sont propriétaire a changé son nom ,avant Samba ,
    Mai 2003 One Voice a lancée une campagne ,pour sa libération,mais
    Tania ex Samba est toujours dans le cirque . L’International Cirque d’Europe ‘
    propriétaire ‘famille Aucante ‘ Tania ex Samba est une éléphante d’Afrique.
    Elle travaille dur et est humiliée dans le cirque
    Sont histoire et photos ,sont dans de l’Association One Voice France
    Samba maintenant Tania

  2. February 28, 2013 at 7:14 am, Ruth said:

    If china was no longer most of the endangered species would be saved and no longer harmed or in trouble. Think about it. Elephants, sharks and other marine life, bears, rhinos, tigers. The list goes on.

  3. February 28, 2013 at 6:42 am, Ruth said:

    I don’t understand how all this poaching is able to happen. Obviously there needs to be much more of a task force out there monitoring the lands where the elephants are supposed to be protected. They really need to get on this.

  4. February 27, 2013 at 12:38 am, Cindy Atkins (@cinatkins) said:

    This is very sad! We need to protect our wildlife.

  5. February 24, 2013 at 12:09 pm, Anonymous said:

  6. February 22, 2013 at 3:57 pm, shirley richards said:

    We need to protect our wildlife now! Our cities keep taking more of the land away from them and now, we’re back with the slaughter of elephants for their ivory! Why is history repeating itself? There needs to harsher penalties for the slaughtering of these magnificient animals! It needs to stop!