Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Celebrate landmark decision to outlaw the domestic ivory trade, saving elephants from poachers
Organized criminals are making a fortune off of selling ivory in global black markets, where a pound of ivory can yield $1,500. Meanwhile, poachers slaughter up to 35,000 elephants a year, according to the New York Times.
The U.S. government’s action comes at a crucial time. Responding to this ecological crisis, the federal government has issued a nation-wide ban on the ivory trade. The Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service declared that it will prohibit all imports of ivory to the U.S. except in very special cases. By closing off ivory dealers worldwide to the second largest ivory market in the world, the ban has the power to slow killings of elephants in Africa.
Under the new law, “all commercial imports of African elephant ivory” will be prohibited. Only ivory proven to be over a hundred years old can still be sold legally. Still, in order to be effective, the law will require the combined powers of the Department of the Interior, Justice, and the Treasury. Without rigorous enforcement, sellers may easily get away with forging documentation that exempts their ivory from the ban.
By signing the petition below, you can call for strict enforcement to ensure this landmark regulation does what it should, and applaud our government for protecting vulnerable African elephants, our planet’s largest land animals.
Dear Director Ashe,
I am writing to applaud the recent ban on the ivory trade in the United States. With organized criminals currently making a fortune off selling ivory in global black markets, and poachers slaughtering up to 35,000 elephants a year, your department’s actions come at a crucial time.
With this ban, you have taken major leadership in protecting the few elephants we have left on the planet. You have issued a powerful statement that the U.S., home to the second largest ivory market in the world, will not stand by as these majestic animals, our planet’s largest land animals, are mercilessly slaughtered.
I ask you now to continue your leadership and ensure rigorous enforcement of the ban. Without the combined powers of the Departments of the Interior, Justice, and the Treasury, this landmark law will cease to effect change. Thank you for your commitment to serving your community by caring for ecology.
[Your Name Here]
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