Target: Cameroon President Paul Diya
Goal: Protect the forest elephant species from going extinct
In Gabon’s Minkebe National Park, more than two-thirds of the forest elephant population has been killed off in less than a decade simply for their tusks. Gabon is home to about half of the world’s population of forest elephants, the smallest species of elephant. Sign the petition below to demand that action is taken to protect this endangered species.
Poachers are especially attracted to forest elephants because of their harder and straighter tusks. Most of the devastation is thought to be caused by poachers from Cameroon due to Cameroon’s strict reaction to protect their own shrinking elephant population. While Cameroon is fiercely protecting its elephant population, Gabon is suffering a deadly blow to theirs. Following in Cameroon’s footsteps and employing an army of helicopters and troops would help protect Gabon’s dwindling elephant population, but Gabon lacks the resources.
These efforts should not simply be Gabon’s job but a global effort. Poaching will end when ivory demand goes down and illegal trade enforcement increases. Demand for ivory has soared in Asia causing higher numbers of elephants to be slain in the past decade. In addition, Cameroon’s effort in its own national parks have caused a fierce devastation in Gabon. Cameroon holds responsibility for its neighboring country’s elephant population.
Cameroon and Gabon need to work together, along with other global organizations including the Wildlife Conservancy Society among others. Sign this petition to urge Cameroon’s President Paul Diya to assist the neighboring country of Gabon in protecting its elephant population and educating the world about the devastating loss caused by high demand in the ivory trade.
Dear President Diya,
Cameroon’s neighbor, Gabon, is suffering devastation and loss to its wildlife. Gabon is home to roughly half of the world’s forest elephant population but over the past decade has lost two-thirds of its pachyderms to the illegal ivory trade. Cameroon has succeeded in slowing and preventing its elephant loss thanks to your aggressive efforts to limit and persecute poachers, but these efforts have also pushed poachers into Gabon’s territories.
Gabon’s President Bongo acted swiftly to deploy 240-man military units as park rangers, but further assistance is needed. Gabon’s elephant and wildlife population is not only Gabon’s problem but an international issue. I urge you to assist your neighboring country in this endeavor to protect its wildlife by securing the Cameroon/Gabon boarder more successfully and pushing to lower the demand of ivory globally.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Mary Rice via Environmental Investigation Agency