Elephants are being killed for ivory. While elephants have some protection through the United Nations Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), several African nations regularly request that CITES Conference of the Parties allow further sales of ivory from existing stockpiles.
IFAW urges decision makers, politicians and consumers to oppose all ivory trade while elephants are still being killed for their tusks. But ending the ivory trade requires more than legal treaties.
We provide training and equipment to rangers to protect elephants from poaching and to customs officers to identify and arrest wildlife smugglers. We have investigated illegal ivory trade in marketplaces around the world and the increasing use of the Internet in ivory trafficking We mobilise our supporters to demand politicians stop the ivory trade and support elephant protection efforts.