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Jun 6, 2007
Focus: Animal Welfare
Action Request: Petition
Location: United States
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Countries that have signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES ) are meeting right now to determine how to protect dozens of animal species that are traded internationally.

Sign this Petition:
https://community.hsus.org/campaign/US_CITES07_elephant_petition?rk=IpA%5fghs158ROE

This includes decisions that will have a great impact on elephants, who are being threatened by habitat destruction, conflict with humans, and especially the illegal ivory trade. CITES banned the international ivory trade in 1989 but has allowed one export of stockpiled ivory from Botswana, Namibia and Zimbabwe to Japan, and just this week approved another export of stockpiled ivory from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to Japan.

Although some African countries have proposed a 20-year moratorium on any further international ivory trade, other countries want to expand the ivory trade even further. Elephant populations are still recovering from the devastation caused by the ivory trade before the ban. Even with the ban in place, nations cannot protect elephants from poaching for ivory. Allowing additional ivory sales only stimulates markets in Japan and China and will make poaching even more rampant.

We have to protect elephants by establishing an ivory trade moratorium.

PLEASE ACT NOW!
CITES will end June 15, 2007. Don't wait until it's too late! Let the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service delegation to CITES know that U.S. citizens want to protect elephants. Sign this petition to make your voice heard!

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Posted: Jun 6, 2007 2:44pm

 

 
 
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