Target: American consumers
Goal: Save elephants from poachers by reducing the market for elephant ivory
Today, the majority of illegal elephant poaching and wildlife trafficking is fueled by the public demand for highly valued ivory products, such as trinkets or decorative carvings. For example the popular PBS series Antiques Roadshow once appraised antique ivory on air, sending the wrong message to the American public that ivory is both valuable and profitable.
Consequently, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, about 96 elephants are killed in Africa every day for their tusks, causing the elephant population to decline from 1,200,000 to 420,000 over the course of three decades. By 1989, the commercial trade of ivory was banned, but killing slowed only temporarily. Illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking is the fourth largest transnational crime. Ivory, sometimes referred to as ‘the white gold of jihad,’ is smuggled thousands of miles and sold to help notorious terrorist groups fund military operations. The market also continues to thrive across the globe, including here in the United States.
In order to stop this from continuing, we need to reduce the demand for ivory products. Many people have unwanted ivory trinkets and donate them for destruction so that ivory will not end up on the market again. In fact, according to the Elephant Trade Information System, 41 tons of ivory were seized in 2014. While this is laudable, there is still much more that can be done.
By signing this petition below, you are vowing to abstain from purchasing any products made in part or in entirety of ivory. This will help remove ivory from the international market and secure a brighter future for African elephants.
By signing this petition, I pledge to abstain from purchasing any products made from ivory. Poachers and wildlife traffickers understand how valuable ivory is and kill up to 96 elephants in Africa every day as a result. Today, poaching still remains the fourth largest transnational crime, with a large portion of the illegal trade conducted by notorious terrorist groups looking to fund their military operations.
In order to stop the illegal poaching and wildlife trafficking of African elephants, we must decrease the value and demand for these items in the global market. By refusing to purchase ivory products, we can ultimately remove ivory from the American market and eventually the international market entirely.
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Photo credit: Jonathan Hutson for the Enough Project and Satellite Sentinel Project via Flickr