Scientific Community Stands Strong for Elephants

Scientists are gravely concerned about this crisis and its enormously dire impact on the African elephant population.In the struggle between the survival of African elephants and unchecked ivory consumption, consumption is winning. It’s clear that we need tighter rules to prevent the ivory trade from further decimating this species.

As we celebrate World Elephant Day, 250 members of the scientific community--sent a letter to President Obama urging him to close the commercial ivory trade in the United States. 

While the international commercial trade in African elephant ivory has been heavily restricted since 1990, individual countries, including the US, have maintained varying levels of legal domestic ivory trade. This is a large part of the problem. Legal markets make way for trade in illegal products (it’s very difficult to tell which is which) and render enforcement extremely difficult, fueling a massive, global poaching problem.

Like the rest of the conservation community, these scientists are gravely concerned about this crisis and its enormously dire impact on the African elephant population.  

We are proud to stand with the scientific community in support of this proposed policy shift.

By instituting a strong ban, we will help guarantee that the US is not contributing to the global demand for elephant ivory.

I invite you to read their letter to the President and make your voice heard as well.

--JF

Protect elephants and help end the ivory trade.

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