Target: African Wildlife Foundation
Goal: Reduce the recent rise of elephant poaching and preserve wildlife
Elephant poaching, an issue that has been prevalent for a long period of time has seen a recent increase in activity. In 2012, approximately 35,000 were poached for their ivory. These rates are so high that the African Elephant population has dropped to 42,000 from 1.2 million in 1980. If these high levels of poaching continue, the African Elephant will soon be facing extinction.
The decrease in elephants causes more than just ecological issues. Many poor African Nations’ economies rely on tourism, and the basis of the tourism is the wildlife such as the African Elephants. A reduction or extinction in elephants could cause a decrease in tourism which would be disastrous to the economies of the affected African countries.
This issue has been being fought for years and several attempts have been made to rectify the problem. Last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced plans to further address the issue of wildlife trafficking and more recently, President Barack Obama assigned an executive order on Combatting Wildlife Trafficking. The African Wildlife Foundation which is constantly attempting to prevent elephant poaching recently implemented some new solutions such as providing incentive to populations who successfully preserve elephant populations.
Despite these attempts it is clear that the issue of elephant poaching is only getting worse. New solutions must be implemented in order to maintain the elephant reputation before it is too late.
Please sign the petition below to help stop elephant poaching, saving both the elephant population and the health of the economies of the affected areas.
Dear African Wildlife Foundation,
Thank you for your continuous efforts to reduce and prevent poaching of the African Elephant.
Despite, these efforts, it is evident that elephant poaching is still a substantial issue. In 2012 35,000 elephants were poached for their ivory, and the current African Elephant population has gone from 1.2 million to just 42,000 since 1980. The increased population decline of the African Elephant suggests possible extinction in the near future.
These serious realities suggest that further efforts to preserve the African Elephant population must be implemented immediately. We urge you to persistently make efforts to develop new methods of elephant population preservation including incentives for communities to protect their elephants, monitoring and security methods of elephant populations, and stricter punishments for those involved in elephant poaching.
Thank you for all you have done to protect the African Elephants. Please continue to pursue this effort with urgency to preserve the African Elephant Population and the health of the economies of the affected communities.
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