Target: Ben Carter, Executive Director, Dallas Safari Club
Goal: Praise withdrawal of permit to hunt and kill an endangered African elephant on safari.
Donors have withdrawn a permit to hunt and kill an African elephant which was to be auctioned off by the Dallas Safari Club at an upcoming hunting convention. The permit was being sold by the same group that last year auctioned a license to kill a black rhinoceros, one of the world’s most endangered animals. The ticket included a 12-day elephant hunt in Cameroon, and the right to kill a mature bull elephant.
In Cameroon, where African elephants are considered an endangered species, rampant poaching fueled by the illegal ivory trade has decimated elephant populations. There have been several brazen attacks on wildlife sanctuaries housing the creatures, with one in 2013 killing hundreds of elephants in Bouba Ndjidah National Park.
Ivory is highly sought after in Asia, where it is considered a luxury item, called “white gold” by investors and “organic gemstone” by carvers and collectors. It is also ground up and used in traditional medicine, said to eliminate toxins from the body and improve the skin, despite scientific studies that have disproven these ancient claims.
The club stated all proceeds would be donated to elephant conservation. Despite their purported interest in conservation, the hunt was to be in an area where elephants are at immediate risk of extinction. Though the elephant hunt has been withdrawn, the club still plans to give away a trip to hunt an adult male leopard in Mozambique.
It is contradictory and ridiculous to suggest the additional killing of animals as a conservation measure, particularly in an area where populations are already struggling. Sign the petition below to applaud the cancellation of the elephant hunt.
Dear Mr. Ben Carter,
The Dallas Safari Club has recently announced the cancellation of a permit to hunt an endangered African elephant. In a statement, the club obtusely claimed that the African elephant is not listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and are commonly hunted for population control. Despite these being true in some areas, Cameroon is not one of them.
Cameroon, where the permit would have allowed the killing of one mature male elephant, considers African elephants to be endangered. Poaching is rampant, with national parks losing more and more elephants each year to increasingly effective tactics including poison and automatic weaponry.
There is absolutely no need for elephant population control in Cameroon. We, the undersigned, applaud the cancellation of the proposed permit, and ask that the Dallas Safari Club stop attempting to justify trophy hunting as conservation.
[Your Name Here]
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