Urge the End of Elephant Imports

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Target: Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Daniel M. Ashe

Goal: Commend current and encourage future protection of elephants

Elephants may be a few steps closer to stability thanks to a wise decision by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). With dwindling numbers in the wild, elephants of Tanzania and Zimbabwe are in danger of extinction. Because of this, the USFWS has ordered a halt on elephant imports into the United States. This ban is scheduled to be readdressed for possible removal in the coming year. While this current ban is a major victory for the elephants of these countries, this ban must not be lifted even if elephant numbers prove to be stable in the future.

There is a growing need to address illegal poaching issues in the countries of Africa. Elephants are hunted for sport by those seeking to gain bragging rights as a big-game hunter; the elephant population in Tanzania and Zimbabwe are incredibly unstable and the senseless quest for their lives is proving to be too much for the species. The USFWS has been researching the elephant population issues and has concluded that even if trophy hunting is not a direct cause of dwindling elephant numbers, the practice does nothing to help necessary conservation efforts to stabilize the species.

Trophy hunting is unfortunately currently legal, which is the reason that the ban is temporary. Big-game hunters from the United States outnumber hunters from any other area of the world. On average, fifty-two elephants are imported into the United States from Tanzania annually. This new rule does not ban the hunting; it only bans importing the animal itself. The elephant population will be evaluated again by the USFWS next year; if numbers are again stable the importing will be allowed to resume.

Trophy hunting of any kind should not be condoned, especially of the big game sort. Even upon a positive evaluation the USFWS should place a permanent ban on all trophy-hunt imports. Commend the director of the USFWS for his dedication to the elephants of Africa and urge him to make the ban on trophy-hunt imports permanent.


Dear Daniel M. Ashe,

I am writing to commend the USFWS’s decision to temporarily ban the importation of trophy-hunted elephants in the United States. While this ban poses an amazing opportunity for elephants to stabilize their numbers, it may not be enough to ensure their utmost safety in the future.

Even if the elephant populations in Zimbabwe and Tanzania are stable come next year I urge you to consider making a permanent ban on imports. Trophy hunting is not conducive to healthy animal populations, even if there are stable numbers. This sport only lends to bragging rights and disrespect for the creatures  with whom we share this earth. Please consider a permanent ban to help ensure that elephant populations are able to thrive for years to come.


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  1. Please help save the elephants, we need to end this!!!

  2. Das muss aufhören! Helft Elefanten zu retten!

  3. Stop murder innocent elephants!!

  4. Andrew Wildman says:

    Why not name and hopefully shame this couple of ignorant women and lets see how they like to be hounded by people venting there anger at them then the might realise what it is like to be hunted.NAME THEM.

    • Andrew Wildman says:

      Why not name and hopefully shame this couple of ignorant women and lets see how they like to be hounded by people venting there anger at them then the might realise what it is like to be hunted.NAME THEM.

  5. Dianne Roberts says:

    What a freakin disgrace.

  6. crystal stewart says:

    so barbaric


  8. erika reico says:

    These bastards won’t stop the killing and abusing unless they with get the “capital punishment” Starve and beat them until there is nothing left from them. Or just let the public decide, I would love to give them either verdict.

  9. amanda hogg says:

    Makes me weep! Do these people have a heart?? A Soul?? I am not a violent person but I would have no problem with anyone who inflicts pain fear and suffering on innocent beings experiencing just a fraction in the hope they would stop!! cowards..UGLY inside and out!!!

  10. Dr swati says:

    Stop killing majestic elephants before it is too late. They need your love desperately. They are so gentle that they have forgiven you for ages,wake up to being human now!

  11. We have to protect all elephants now!!! Even if it means killing all poachers without giving them a lengthy trial. We have to save our wildlife before they become extinct!

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