End Illegal Ivory Trade in U.S.


Target: Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner

Goal: Save wild elephants by ending the illegal ivory trade in United States

The United States sent a strong message to ivory traffickers last November when it destroyed nearly six tons of illegally imported ivory. Unfortunately, while the U.S. has made it clear that it will not support ivory trafficking and other crimes against wildlife, more than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered for their tusks in 2012. Despite the country’s opposition to ivory importing, many of the tusks of these murdered elephants will still end up in the U.S. as carvings and other trinkets.

Elephant poaching in Africa and Asia has reached crisis levels in recent years. The increase in poaching activity is not only threatening the populations of wild elephants, it also supports a criminal industry that is responsible for the death of more than 1,000 wildlife rangers.

Thankfully, the U.S. can help save the lives of wild elephants and the wildlife rangers that work to protect them by creating legislation that bans the importation of ivory and cracks down on the criminal organizations that attempt to smuggle it into the country.

By signing this petition, you are thanking the U.S. government for taking a stand against the ivory trade and encouraging Congress to support legislation that bans illegal ivory importation and puts an end to wildlife crime.


Dear Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner,

First, I would like to thank you for your recent action against the importation of illegal ivory. By destroying nearly six tons of illegal ivory, the United States sent a strong message to the criminal networks that smuggle the tusks of murdered elephants into our country.

That said, more than 30,000 wild elephants still lost their lives at the hands of poachers last year. By cracking down on wildlife trafficking and enacting a moratorium on the U.S. ivory trade, we can help save the lives of animals and also stifle the actions of a corrupt criminal organization.

I urge you to create and support laws that help prevent the unnecessary murder of wild elephants, punish the poachers and traffickers responsible for their deaths, and stop illegal ivory from being imported and sold in the United States.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Christine Stewart says:

    The only way to stop the ivory trade is to treat people who buy ivory like they are the worst scum on the earth. Sadly, in Asian countries, only rich people can afford to buy ivory and rhino horn, so it is a status symbol. We can change that perception with social disapproval- we must not think, “Oh, that person has ivory, he/she must be rich”- instead we must say, “Oh, wow, you must be a really selfish,horrible person to kill an elephant just so you can wear a little trinket made from its tusk!”

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