There is growing concern that a proposal to legalize the ivory trade may be approved at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) at the organization’s March 2013 meeting in Bangkok, Thailand.
Even though the trade in ivory is illegal, approximately 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks. If the ivory trade is legalized, that number will dramatically increase. If we do not protect elephants in Africa, they may face extinction within the next 10 years.
As yet, the United States has not yet taken a strong stand against the proposal. Please contact your senators and representatives and urge them to protect African elephants by voting against any proposal that would legalize the ivory trade. In addition, contact the secretary of the Interior and urge him to protect Africa’s elephants by taking an active stand against any reversal of the ivory trade ban.
The Honorable Ken Salazar
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Tele. No.: 202-208-3100