If you want to find a way to help animals in distress, whatever the cause, you can do so right here by taking the following actions. Also, don't forget to sign up for IFAW's action alerts to get all the news on the animals and issues you care about most.
China recently announced it would shut down its domestic ivory market by the end of 2017, starting with the closure of a number of factories by the end of March! This follows moves by France and the USA to ban domestic sales of ivory (California, New Jersey, New York and Hawaii currently have legislation in place) and signals from the UK that they are also looking to move in this direction. Whilst not a major market for ivory, IFAW’s Under the Hammer report into the trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn showed that there is a flourishing domestic market here worth hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and little regulation or enforcement of the sale of these items occurring.
We need your help to encourage the Australian Government to take a stand and support the efforts of the international community to shut down all avenues that allow trade to continue.
If the world’s largest market for ivory can be closed Australia has no reason not to do the same!
We've prepared a template e-mail for you to send to your local Federal Member of Parliament, but we encourage you to personalise this copy to make it more effective. Please ensure that you are polite at all times.
Tourism can bring enormous benefit to local communities, people and animals. It can also do great harm to wildlife and the environment. So if you’re one of the growing number of Aussies travelling overseas for holidays each year, it’s important to consider your personal actions and decisions.
As part of our effort to protect animals from cruelty and commercial exploitation through tourism, IFAW has created the Responsible Traveller Pledge. We invite you to sign it now, to read more on how to be a wildlife aware traveller, and to help promote this cause by sharing this pledge with your friends through your social media.