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

Dear friends:

please consider that killing animals gives a big suffering to them
and later maybe to you too. Is it not better to respect Live, living
in harmony instead of increasing caos on this planet_ We all are
part of them and have something to do with this caos. Have
conscience. Do you like that somebody of your family is killed !
Understand a little the situation.

Thank you,

5 years ago

We're doing it again; another petition stop the killing of elephants. Lets work hard to make this one stick! Elephants are astoundingly amazing animals, well all animals are!! C'mon Everybody, SIGN!


5 years ago

the Chinese & Japanese markets are driven by misguided they need to be taught a bit better how can we be so cruel leave them alone there will be no animals left if we dont catch ourselves on the pain these animals suffer is hard breaking and stupid

5 years ago

Can't believe this is STILL happening! What more can we do to help?

5 years ago

When will the world Governments wake up to put a STOP to ALL senseless killings. We DEMAND death penalties for anybody slaying any animal for gain!! All animal lover should unite and DEMAND like they do here in Africa for their rights!

5 years ago

it has to stop now how can this possibly still able to happen these amazing, gentle giants should be free from this absurd crulety.

5 years ago

This horrible, crul nd senseless killing of these animals must top

5 years ago

It is abominable to kill animals and appreciable countries that preserve the animals. Thank you for the Countrys that preserve and they take care of your animals.

5 years ago

Why do we feel the need to kill any of the beautiful animals, what have they ever done to us. Ivory and rhino horn only look good on the animal that it belongs to. Please please stop killing all animals have the right to live they have the same feelings as we have, have you ever looked into an elephants eyes that says it all

5 years ago

It's simply unhuman to kill these social animals - giving us an example how to live - for
marketing their ivory and drilling them for hard work and circus. Shame on people, who
support this unhumanity.

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