Target: Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Place stronger mandates on ivory importation in wake of significant price increase
Elephant tusks have historically been one of the most sought after goods, especially in places like China in Thailand. However, elephants are now near extinction because of their gorgeous ivory tusks. Elephants are often brutally murdered for their tusks. If they are not killed right away, they are left to live a traumatized life with a severe impairment.
There have been measures to right this wrong. Restrictions on their poaching in many countries have been imposed. Unfortunately, however, according to an article in Phys Org, ivory prices have tripled in 2014 in China. Researchers have issued statistics claiming that prices have gone up from 550 euros in 2010 to 1,540 euros in 2014.
This increase could mean that more people would shy away from ivory because of the high price tag. Sadly, the opposite is occurring. More than 33,000 elephants were killed in the two-year period between 2010 and 2012. This number will only go up as a result of prices tripling, as elephant tusks are even more in demand.
Although most of the elephants alive today hail from places in Africa, China is where the million-dollar industry is based. The ivory trade is also a way for organized crime gangs and rebel militia groups to make money for their illegal operations.
Not only is the continued demand for ivory horribly inhumane, but also perpetuates multiple other illegal actions. Help us demand that the President of China place stronger mandates on ivory importation, and push other alternatives to ivory tusks as the new trend.
Dear President Jinping,
Although the sale of ivory tusks is extremely lucrative, it is unacceptable to let the brutal murder of endangered elephants continue. If you ever want China to be taken seriously as a world power, you must stop perpetuating the trade. Environmental stewardship is extremely popular right now in fully developed nations, and several have taken measures to ensure endangered species do not become extinct.
Another consideration is how the ivory business encourages organized crime and rebel militia gangs. The ivory business often funds their operations. Their illegal activity could potentially be threatening to your government, or the citizens of China over which you preside.
We strongly encourage you to devise humane alternatives to ivory trade to sustain your economy.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Nicolas M. Perrault via Wikimedia Commons