Elephant lovers worldwide say “no!” to killing elephants for ivory

During the last two weeks, International Fund for Animal Welfare staff in France, Germany, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and other European Union countries; Australia and the United States handed over the signatures of nearly 290,000 IFAW supporters to government officials demanding action to save elephants from poaching and illegal ivory trade.

The handovers are taking place ahead of the upcoming meeting in Geneva of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which is the body that banned the global commercial ivory trade in 1989, but has since allowed limited ivory trade to continue.

The CITES Standing Committee is the body that ‘runs’ CITES.  Made up of officials from governments around the world, it provides policy guidance and drafts resolutions for consideration by the Conference of the Parties (to CITES). The meeting this month includes addressing issues of elephant conservation, including illegal killing of elephants and the ivory trade.

In 2011, more than 23 tons of illegal elephant ivory was seized by law enforcement officers.

2012 is shaping up to be no different, and for the first time in many years, widespread elephant poaching is being reported across the entire elephant range in Africa, including among populations in Southern Africa that were previously thought to be safe. 

IFAW’s recent investigation into the Chinese ivory trade found that since 2008, when CITES gave the go-ahead for the legal sale of ivory stockpiles by four southern African countries to China and Japan, there had been an extraordinary surge in the numbers of elephants being killed for their ivory.

This elephant killing crisis cannot be ignored, and IFAW experts will be on-hand at the meeting to help make sure any decisions made by country delegates are in the best interests of elephants and their long-term survival.

The millions of IFAW supporters around the world who have spoken out for elephants in the last few years cannot be ignored, either. 

The CITES Standing Committee meeting will run from 23 July to 27 July, 2012, so stay tuned for updates and briefings. 


Comments: 57

5 years ago

""IFAW’s recent investigation into the Chinese ivory trade found that since 2008, when CITES gave the go-ahead for the legal sale of ivory stockpiles by four southern African countries to China and Japan, there had been an extraordinary surge in the numbers of elephants being killed for their ivory." NO TRADE IN IVORY AND RHINO HORN EVER!

5 years ago

When will man realise that his greed is only short term, long term he will have nothing left.
The east seems to be the biggest culprit for all this illegal trade, especially in Africa, It is time the world declared a monetoruim against the east started being more productive from within ones own country. We dont need their cheap products cluttering our land fills, we need to be supporting our own countries ventures and their people. The power of the vote is something to be in awe of. Put your vote forward and protect our lands from being raped from the very things that bring us business e.g. tourism.

5 years ago

Since the situation is worsening from day to day, a more concrete action is necessary, i.e. ban of ivory imports into China which is THE more responsible country in the world of these massacres!

5 years ago


5 years ago

I can't bear it!!
Please, let elephants live!

5 years ago

All Poachers who inflict this wantoncruelty through greed should be made aware that the same degree of suffering they inflict on these God given creatures should be applied to them also, the planet would be better off without them and better with the magnifcent beasts that stay with us. Such appalling ignorance should be dealt with enlightenment and teaching to make them understand that it will not be tolerated in the end, too many people are aware of the planets decline and they will persecuted to save the worlds crisis. I ts partly to blame on the people who give them the access to the weapons, then again money exchanges, again down to greed, but the time will come when somewhere in the natural balance of life they will be exterminated. Nature cannot be tamed by anyone or thing, and will find a balance, in themeantime we must do our very best to halt this appaling decline of the animals which complement our existence also. Please do buy any ivory, fur, pelts, one does not need any of it, laugh at the medicine man, poof to the rhino horn etc which is the beliefs of so many gullible people, medicine has penetrated most of the backwoods now. the world is smaller.

5 years ago

Stop killing the elephants for there ivory!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

5 years ago

Anonymous ,All animales should be free to live there lives out. Stop killing them for the tusk which brings alot of money which is ivory !!!!!!!!!

5 years ago

No se puede continuar con esta matanza,hay que luchar hasta acabar con ella.

5 years ago

It makes me sick that the greed of bunch of vain and ignorant people is causing the slaughter of such beautiful gentle creatures! this is a genocide and it must stop!

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