An elephant foraging with her family doesn't know anything about the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but she knows the sound of poachers' gunshots in the distance.
CITES used to be an important tool to protect endangered animals like elephants, rhinos, and tigers from poaching for the wildlife trade. I remember how the world rejoiced when the ivory trade was banned at CITES in 1989.
But today, pro-trade interests are constantly chipping away at crucial CITES provisions, and CITES member countries, including the U.S., have failed to support actions that would help save wildlife from trade and other threats.
And while the ban on trade in elephant ivory was narrowly upheld at the last CITES meeting, you can be sure a proposal to allow trade will come up at the next meeting in 2013.
Right now, we have an opportunity to speak out for elephants and other animals under threat.
I'm writing to ask you to urge your Member of Congress to support wildlife protection today.
Congressman Alcee Hastings recently introduced a resolution urging the Obama Administration and the world community to take stronger, pro-conservation actions at CITES meetings.
The resolution highlights the importance of CITES to prevent species from vanishing all around the world, and calls for immediate protection for animals in desperate need of help.
If passed, it will send a strong signal to the Obama Administration and other world leaders to do more to save endangered animals all around the globe.
I hope you will help me speak up for species in dire need. Please ask your Member of Congress to support global wildlife protection today.
We must speak out for the magnificent animals who share our planet, and make sure our elected leaders do the same.
Please help me protect wildlife in danger today.
P.S Please speak up for elephants, tigers, and other magnificent species.
signed and thank you
Signed. Thank you
email sent. Thanks Betty.