Target: Judith A. McHale, Chair of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Council
Goal: Protect thousands of African elephants from rampant poaching
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been focusing on efforts to end the endangerment of African elephants. This work involves strengthening enforcement of the ban on imports of elephant ivory into the United States. Focusing on the poachers and illegal sellers will help protect the endangered African elephants.
A recent study from CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, estimates that 100,000 African elephants were killed between 2010-2012 because of poaching. Strengthening domestic enforcement of the ivory ban, through the National Strategy to Combat Wildlife Trafficking, will help reduce ivory trade in the United States and will ultimately help elephant numbers recover. After China, the United States is the largest commercial ivory market in the world, and efforts to increase domestic enforcement against the ivory trade will help stop poaching of African elephants.
The steps being taken by the Fish and Wildlife Service are effective measures to counter the poaching of quickly-dwindling elephant populations. Sign the petition below to support the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services’ efforts, and held end the endangerment of these animals.
Dear Ms. McHale,
An estimated 100,000 African elephants have been killed by poachers in just two years. Although the ivory trade may be illegal, ivory bans do not seem to be changing this situation and need to be more strongly enforced. The plans to strengthen domestic enforcement, putting a spotlight on poachers and illegal sellers, will help reduce ivory trade in the United States.
These measures will help lessen the amount of poaching in Africa, as the United States provides one of the largest commercial ivory trade markets in the world. The FWS’s effort to crack down on the ivory trade will mean that poachers have a harder time selling their ivory.
By taking these steps, you are helping save the endangered African elephants. I believe that continuing and strengthening this effort will save elephants from poachers and eventual extinction.
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