Every 15 minutes, on average, a poacher kills an elephant for its ivory tusks. Right now, the U.S. is one of the world’s biggest markets for ivory – much of it likely from recently poached elephants – which means we are helping to pay the bills for these poachers, organized crime networks, militant groups and the others who are profiting from extinction.
Fortunately, last spring the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service announced a plan to implement strong new protections for African elephants, including a ban on the sale of non-antique ivory in the United States. After over a year of bureaucratic delay, those rules appear to be right around the corner. Unfortunately, some special interest groups are trying to weaken the new rules.
IFAW is working with a coalition of scientists, artists, and conservation and animal welfare organizations to ensure that these protections stay as robust as possible. By signing our petition, you can help convince the White House to stand strong for elephants.
You can help protect elephants by joining us in telling President Obama and Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to stand strong for elephants.
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