Did you know that it’s legal to sell some types of ivory in the United States? I bet you didn’t. Many people think that ended in the 1980s. The truth is that today, the United States is one of the largest markets in the world for ivory sales.
And across the globe, the demand for ivory – both legal and illegal – is driving elephants to extinction.
Not to mention the people who are fueling the trade: criminal networks such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Al Shabaab, who also feed the drug and arms trades.
I just asked the Obama Administration to institute a ban on ivory sales in the United States. This clear and simple move will get ivory off the market and ensure that those who want to break the law are prosecuted. It also shows African nations that we support their efforts to control trafficking in their countries and encourages them to institute their own bans.
It’s clear that criminal networks have strong incentives to kill wildlife. We need to do everything in our power to curb this motivation by driving down demand and stopping poachers in their tracks – before it’s too late.
I just asked the Obama Administration to institute a ban on ivory sales in the United States.
Will you sign the petition too?
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Petition created by WILDLIFE CONSERVATION SOCIETY