Stop Poaching Endangered Bird for “Red Ivory”

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Target: Minister Gao Hucheng of Ministry of Commerce People’s Republic of China

Goal: Save the rare helmeted hornbill from extinction by regulating Chinese markets.

The rare and beautiful helmeted hornbill is threatened with extinction because its skull is being sold as an ivory alternative. China was the world’s leading buyer for illegal ivory and now, in an attempt to protect African elephants and rhinoceroses, has turned its gaze to an unacceptable alternative; the helmeted hornbill is already in danger as it loses its habitat in Malaysia and Indonesia.

In the past five years, more than 2,000 helmeted hornbill skulls being trafficked to China have been confiscated. According to the Environmental Investigation Agency, Chinese citizens, caught by Indonesian authorities, were even found trying to smuggle into China luggage filled with the skulls. The reddish colored hornbill skull is carved into ornaments and is called “red ivory”.

Bans on commercial trade, so far, have not protected the critically endangered helmeted hornbill’s population. In 2015 the helmeted hornbill bird was moved up on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species from near threatened to critically endangered– the highest risk category signifying a very high risk of extinction in the wild. Without action now, the forests that are home to the helmeted hornbill will miss the unique and happy laugh-like call of this incredible bird.

The only way to protect this already critically endangered species is by enforcing regulations and bans on commercial trade of the helmeted hornbill skull before the criminals and poachers completely deplete its population to meet ivory alternative demands. Demand strong regulation against “red ivory” commercial trade to protect the helmeted hornbill population.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Gao Hucheng,

Red ivory decorations are beautiful but the skulls from which they are carved will soon be unavailable if the helmeted hornbill is poached to extinction. In fact, the already endangered hornbill has an increasingly declining population because of habitat loss in Indonesia and Malaysia. In 2015 the helmeted hornbill bird was moved up on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species from near threatened to critically endangered– the highest risk category signifying a very high risk of extinction in the wild.

If the Chinese market, with its high demand for ivory alternatives, enforces the regulations against the commercial trade of the hornbill skull, it will give this incredibly beautiful bird (much more beautiful than the decorations created from it) the chance to recover in the natural world. Regulation of Chinese consumption has such a powerful impact that China can turn its market into an example to follow for the rest of the world.

Enforcing regulations to protect the stunning helmeted hornbill is absolutely necessary for its survival. I demand strong regulation against “red ivory” commercial trade to protect the helmeted hornbill population.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Doug Janson

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43 Comments

  1. bev.woodburn@gmail.com says:

    F—— China again. Always torturing and murdering animals to death. They are known as the vilest of animal torturers on this Planet. Down with China. This planet earth would be a much more compassionate and caring planet without China, Korea and all the other Asian countries. They torture and murder any living animals that they can get their vile hands on.

  2. I agree with Bev’s comments. This “red ivory” is not beautiful…I stand to correct one of the opening lines of this letter. It is a show of disgust and disgrace and exemplifies the inhumane treatments of yet another animal in the name of trinkets or in some cases, self-centered, stupid primitive medicinal cures.

    China: What has happened to you?

  3. RALEIGH KORITZ says:

    CHINA LEAVE ALL OF NATURE ALONE ALREADY! ALL YOU DO IS TAKE AND TAKE. YOU GIVE NOTHING GOOD TO WORLD. YOU MAKE ANIMALS AND PEOPLE MISERABLE AND HOPELESS. CHINA GET A GRIP ON THE REST OF THE HUMAN RACE AND STOP THE INSANITY!

  4. Marilyn Glasgow says:

    Surely there can’t be any living creature that these greedy parasites haven’t found and decided that they need more trinkets to show off their wealth. I had not even heard of this bird before. It is only the rich who can afford to do this. And they have become wealthy because they now have all of the jobs that were taken over there by the also greedy, parasitic big companies from here. It doesn’t matter to them whether a beautiful animal has to lose it’s life to satisfy their wants. And the governments are useless, since they can’t or won’t try to stop the horrible poachers. Africa is even encouraging the trophy hunting of the rhino. All of these living beings are only money to these kinds of people, nothing more. I wonder what they’ll do when they’ve killed off every wild creature for money and status.

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