Target: Jorge Khalau, Commander in Chief of the Police of the Republic of Mozambique
Goal: Applaud Mozambique’s biggest ever seizure of ivory.
Mozambique officials recently seized 1.4 tons of elephant tusks and rhino horns in the country’s biggest ever illegal poaching bust. It is estimated that the haul, which was found in the home of a Chinese national, contained over 60 rhino horns and 340 elephant tusks, some of them with fresh blood still marking them. Officials stated that this amount of ivory represents the deaths of 65 rhinoceroses and 170 elephants, both of which are endangered in many parts of the world.
Mozambique has become a hub for poachers due to its lax conservation enforcement when compared with neighboring South Africa. With the last of Mozambique’s rhinoceroses recently being wiped out and the number of elephants dwindling, poachers hired by international crime syndicates often cross the border into South Africa’s Kruger National Park. Last year, a record 1215 elephants went missing from South Africa, most of them from Kruger National Park.
Because of poaching, elephant and rhinoceros populations all over Africa and Asia have decreased significantly over time, with some species even driven to extinction. These animals face the threat of death daily from poachers who have turned to increasingly devastating methods to kill them, including the poisoning of entire watering holes and the use of high-powered automatic weapons.
Police have arrested the owner and will launch a full investigation into the poaching ring. This seizure will not only cripple a major poaching syndicate, but send a strong message to poachers that Mozambique will not tolerate illegal ivory trafficking. Sign the petition below to applaud the country’s biggest ever seizure of prohibited ivory.
Dear Chief Jorge Khalau,
Mozambique police recently seized 1.4 tons of ivory worth over $6 million USD in the country’s biggest poaching bust to date. Officers found 65 rhinoceros horns and 340 elephant tusks in the home of a Chinese national presumed to be a part of a massive international crime syndicate. Some of the pieces had fresh blood marking them, signifying an ongoing poaching effort.
Elephants and rhinoceroses all over the world are facing increasing threats from poachers who have turned to tactics such as automatic weapons and poison to kill as many animals as possible. It is imperative that poaching is addressed before these giant animals go extinct entirely. We, the undersigned, applaud the successful seizure of 1.4 tons of ivory and ask that you punish those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Peter H. Wrege