Support Ban on Ivory Trade in the U.S.

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Target: Animal lovers and activists

Goal: Support a proposed law to ban ivory trade in the U.S. to help curb the growing menace.

Ivory sales in the United States could be halted entirely if legislation drafted by the Obama administration passes. To ensure the ban is upheld, animal lovers and activists need to drum up support during the public comment stage. Shutting down the ivory market in the U.S. will save the lives of elephants since the country is among the world’s largest consumers of wildlife.

Once the ban is successful, the U.S. will have strengthened its position as a nation that does not support poaching. The ban has been proposed due to the growing concern over poaching cases. The menace is quickly reducing the number of rhinos, elephants and other animals to the brink of extinction.

The proposed law will prohibit interstate trade in African elephant ivory and place restrictions on commercial exports. The law, together with United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) efforts, should substantially curb the commercial trade of African elephant ivory. The rule builds upon efforts put in place earlier by the Obama administration.

We owe it to our grandchildren to stop this trade if we want to see them grow in a world where they can see these animals in real life and not in history books. As the U.S. works to stop this trade and prevent elephants from becoming extinct, other countries need also to take action and initiate a global effort that can completely stop the illegal ivory trade.

Reports indicate that an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed between 2011 and 2012 for their ivory. Some of Africa’s premiere parks have now been left with only a few animals as elephants are under threat even in places where they once enjoyed full security. Worse, wildlife trafficking reduces the social, economic and environmental benefits of wildlife while generating billions of illicit revenue that lead to an illegal economy. Such economies trigger instability and undermine security. Sign this petition to support the ban on ivory trade in the U.S.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear animal lovers and activists,

President Obama’s administration recently announced a proposed law that aims to stop ivory trade in the United States. To ensure the ban is successful, activists and animal lovers must come together and drum up support during the public comment stage.

The United States is among the largest consumers of wildlife and shutting down the ivory market there will be a critical step in saving the lives of elephants. The poaching crisis is increasing day by day and threatening the lives of African elephants and other animals.

The proposed law will prohibit interstate trade in African elephant ivory and place restrictions on commercial exports. The law, together with USFWS’s previous efforts, should substantially curb the poaching menace. You must stop this trade if you want the future generation to see these animals in real life rather than in history books. As an advocate for wildlife conservation, I have already pledged my support for the new law, and I urge you to take action and support the ban.

Sincerely,
[Your Name Here]

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