Ivory Bites the Dust

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed 6 tons of ivory in response to illegal poaching of elephants.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service destroyed over 6 tons of ivory in response to poaching of elephants.

Paws Up!
To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for destroying stockpiles of confiscated ivory.

A recent news story confirmed that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service “destroyed more than 6 tons of confiscated ivory tusks, carvings and jewelry….”

According to the story, “poachers killed 32,000 elephants last year.” As long as there are illegal markets for ivory, elephants will continue to die. With less than half a million elephants left in Africa and Asia combined, the more we can do to stop illegal sales of ivory, the more we will be able to help save the lives of the largest land mammal.

Take Action: Thank the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for sending a message to traders in illegal ivory. Additionally, never buy products made in whole or in part with ivory.

Dan Ashe, Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

Ivory Kills

African elephants cannot afford a legalization of ivory trade.

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
Secretary
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Tele. No.: 202-208-3100
E-mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

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