Target: Cyrus Vance, Manhattan District Attorney
Goal: Applaud efforts to save elephants by investigating and apprehending ivory traders.
A major purchaser of elephant ivory has been apprehended in the largest seizure of elephant ivory in New York history. Law enforcement officials filed an indictment against the Metropolitan Fine Arts and Antiques Co. (MFAA) and charged the store and its owners with attempting to purchase and sell $4.5 million worth of ivory.
After searching the store, officials discovered about 126 items made with elephant ivory, including two pairs of intact elephant tusks. Officials estimate that the seized ivory came from “more than a dozen slaughtered elephants.” The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar industry, and New York is considered one of its primary markets.
The world’s elephant population is already dwindling, and the ivory trade only worsens the situation. Since 2010, elephant populations have dropped 30 percent, and from 2010 to 2012 alone, more than 100 elephants were killed for their tusks. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently enacted legislation that tightens restrictions on the sale of ivory articles, but violations still occur, as evidenced by this case.
The owners of MFAA have made it clear that personal profit is more important than the survival of the elephant. Sign the petition below to applaud law enforcement officials for their dedicated efforts to stop these greedy and selfish vendors.
Dear Mr. Vance,
I am writing to commend the recent indictment of the owners of Metropolitan Fine Arts and Antiques (MFAA) Co. According to court documents, these greedy businessmen were involved in the purchase and sale of an estimated $4.5 million worth of elephant ivory.
Elephant ivory is illegal to trade or sell because of diminishing elephant populations. Officials estimate that the MFAA stash came from over a dozen of these valuable animals, all of which died so that selfish humans could make a profit. These animals should not go extinct simply so that insensitive people can buy and sell jewelry. Thank you for your efforts to apprehend these deplorable merchants.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Jacky R