Elephant lovers worldwide say “no!” to killing elephants for ivory

During the last two weeks, International Fund for Animal Welfare staff in France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and other European Union countries; Australia and the United States handed over the signatures of nearly 290,000 IFAW supporters to government officials demanding action to save elephants from poaching and illegal ivory trade.

The handovers are taking place ahead of the upcoming meeting in Geneva of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which is the body that banned the global commercial ivory trade in 1989, but has since allowed limited ivory trade to continue.

The CITES Standing Committee is the body that ‘runs’ CITES.  Made up of officials from governments around the world, it provides policy guidance and drafts resolutions for consideration by the Conference of the Parties (to CITES). The meeting this month includes addressing issues of elephant conservation, including illegal killing of elephants and the ivory trade.

In 2011, more than 23 tons of illegal elephant ivory was seized by law enforcement officers.

2012 is shaping up to be no different, and for the first time in many years, widespread elephant poaching is being reported across the entire elephant range in Africa, including among populations in Southern Africa that were previously thought to be safe. 

IFAW’s recent investigation into the Chinese ivory trade found that since 2008, when CITES gave the go-ahead for the legal sale of ivory stockpiles by four southern African countries to China and Japan, there had been an extraordinary surge in the numbers of elephants being killed for their ivory.

This elephant killing crisis cannot be ignored, and IFAW experts will be on-hand at the meeting to help make sure any decisions made by country delegates are in the best interests of elephants and their long-term survival.

The millions of IFAW supporters around the world who have spoken out for elephants in the last few years cannot be ignored, either. 

The CITES Standing Committee meeting will run from 23 July to 27 July, 2012, so stay tuned for updates and briefings. 

--PT

Comments: 57

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

ivory poaching and other poaching ie rhino has to stop.

The chinese govt needs to be petitionesd about the slae of rhino horn for medicines and other uses of animal products.

Stiff prison senttences need to be applied.
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But well sdone for all the work to help animals so far.

Lynn gregoru uk.

3oth july 2012.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

How about leaving ivory where it belongs, in elephant tusks and elephant tusks on elephant faces??

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

As a human being, I am so ashamed of so-called human beings who kill animals for profit, for decor, "medicine," and so frustrated and exasperated, it's hard to even put words to it

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

All of this cruelty to these animals are unnecessary, doesn't it look better on the elephants anyway? Its a need for those elephants to have those tusks! What do we honestly need ivory for?? All ancient ancestors has taken care of the world in those days so we could be able to have the world we have today and destroy it the way we are today! What kind of world are we going to leave our children? Also did we provide everything that they need to ensure the world and its creatures survival? Just imagine if things don't change and continue as they are! We as the people need to put an end to this NOW!

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

you can understand why animals kill man,because they know that humans are wicked and any chance they get they will kill them,there is no need to kill these beautiful animals,they carry us on their backs and we use them to do work for us and still we are ever ungrateful.most animals are gentle and kind but over time they have grown to be very wary of us human beings and run from us,humans have caused all these problems,all for foolishness.we do not need ivory it is people just being greedy for money as usual.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

you can understand why animals kill man,because they know that humans are wicked and any chance they get they will kill them,there is no need to kill these beautiful animals,they carry us on their backs and we use them to do work for us and still we are ever ungrateful.most animals are gentle and kind but over time they have grown to be very wary of us human beings and run from us,humans have caused all these problems,all for foolishness.we do not need ivory it is people just being greedy for money as usual.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

There should be a complete and total end of this cruelty to such intelligent animals_ Tha carved objects made in China out of ivorty may be beautiful, but certainlly not worth the cost in animal suffering. Please convince the responsible managers of the CITES not to allow anymore the sale of even a small part of the so-called stocks!

All the best
G. Shapira

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

Who are these terrible human beings buying Ivory anyway?! Hopefully their children are not as ignorant and superficial as them and hopefully this crime will become a horrible dream of the past one day. Thank you for all you do to stop this terrible crime.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

My one wish would be for all animals to live their lives without any threats of being killed or eaten, what makes man feel like they have the right to kill Animals, who gives them that right, it is a shame that Mankind feels they can just kill any animal they want for whatever reason they see fit. One day all the animals will be gone and only then will they be free from Man.

 
Anonymous
2 years ago

this has to STOP

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