Earlier this month, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released strong new rules that (with proper implementation and enforcement) all but shut down interstate ivory sales, imports and exports of ivory.
This is a huge win for elephants. The new regulations close loopholes that previously allowed ivory from recently poached elephants to be sold. They also reduce the amount of elephant trophies than can be brought into the U.S. We are the largest importer of elephant trophies in the world!
The new regulations could not have come at a better time. Elephants are facing an unprecedented poaching crisis driven by demand for their ivory tusks. By shutting down the U.S. market for ivory, FWS is helping reduce global demand and therefore pressure on elephants halfway across the world in Africa.
The rules come on the heels of ivory bans in several states including New York, New Jersey, California, Washington State, and most recently Hawaii. Efforts are underway in Oregon, Massachusetts, and other states. The federal and state rules also set an example for international action, and it is clear that momentum is building to end the elephant poaching crisis.
While FWS’s new rules are very strong, they are not perfect. U.S. citizens will still be allowed to import a limited number of sport hunted elephant trophies – up to 2 elephants, per hunter, per year. IFAW believes that even one trophy is too many, and elephants deserve to live, not be a grotesque ornament on a wall.
Please sign our petition to thank FWS for shutting down the U.S. ivory trade, but also make it clear that the U.S. should not allow any more of these gruesome trophies to enter our country. All you have to do is fill out your information on the right, and we will add your name to the list of elephant champions who have made their voice heard. Feel free to personalize the email, but please be courteous at all times.