Partnering with US ivory crush in Denver, urging more countries to destroy their illegal stockpiles

Yesterday, I was proud to represent the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) in the events surrounding the US Government's historic destruction of 6 tons of seized ivory in Denver, Colorado.

IFAW and WWF were the official government partners at the crush which sent a strong message that the US takes seriously its stance against the illegal ivory trade. The US is making sure it has national policies in place to protect elephants from poaching—now it is time for other countries to do the same.

The global nature of the elephant crisis is highlighted by the colleagues that accompanied me at the event: our North American regional director, Jeffrey Flocken our Asia regional director, Grace Ge Gabriel as well actress/activists and IFAW ambassadors Joely Fisher and Kristin Bauer and actress/activist and Patron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Kristin Davis. Dr. Jane Goodall and Sir Iain Douglas-Hamilton spoke on video in support of the ivory crush as well.

If you haven’t taken action already, you can join IFAW in asking the US government to take the next step to protect elephants by enacting a national moratorium on ivory sales.


To learn more about the significance of the US ivory crush, read through this collection of news coverage and featured blogs by Jane Goodall and IFAW’s own Grace Ge Gabriel.

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Azzedine Downes,IFAW President and CEO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Dr. Elsayed Ahmed Mohamed, Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa
Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation
Senior Advisor to the IFAW Marine Conservation Program
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Senior Vice President
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
Executive Vice President
Executive Vice President
Matt Collis, Director, International Policy
Director, International Policy
Pauline Verheij, Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
Program Manager, Wildlife Crime
Rikkert Reijnen, Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Program Director, Wildlife Crime
Country Representative, Germany
Country Representative, Germany
Staci McLennan, Director, EU Office
Director, EU Office
Tania McCrea-Steele, Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Project Lead, Global Wildlife Cybercrime
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
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