Dedicated to elephant well-being & ending the ivory trade world-wide!
Why Ban Ivory Sales?
Extinction: 1 elephant is killed every 15 minutes for ivory - that is around 96 a day, approximately 35,000 annually. This is a global crisis and immediate action is needed in order to save keystone species from extinction.
Terrorism and National Security: The ivory trade funds terrorism. Through elephant poaching, the ivory trade directly funds Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Shabaab, the Lord's Resistance Army, Janjaweed, Boko Haram, according to the U.S. Department of State, the White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Interior including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Law Enforcement: A complete ban on all ivory and rhino horn sales is needed. New ivory is being stained to look antique and is smuggled into the U.S. where it’s sold openly on the marketplace. It’s nearly impossible for law enforcement to tell the difference between “antique” ivory and new ivory that is stained to look “antique.” It’s even difficult for the most sophisticated scientific laboratories to tell the difference.
Key Action Needed: The ivory trade is composed of a three-part crisis: poaching, trafficking, and demand. The federal government restricts the export, import and interstate commerce of ivory and rhino horn. However, intrastate traffic is unregulated. That's why citizens are taking action.
Future Generations: Children learn “E” is for “Elephant” not “Extinction.” Let’s have a global impact and join the bipartisan movement sweeping the nation to outlaw ivory and rhino horn sales. The world is watching. Let’s be on the right side of history, Pennsylvania!
Additional Key Facts:
- We have the power in the U.S. to stop the demand at home.
- The poaching rates are outpacing the reproductive rates of elephants and rhinos in the wild.
- The majority of citizens want to save elephants from extinction.
- More than 1,000 rangers have been killed over the last decade in Africa.
- In the tristate region, New Jersey and New York took action in 2014 to shut down the ivory trade. New Jersey set the precedent by enacting a complete domestic ivory and rhino horn sales ban. In 2015, there is action underway in states to across the nation.
- Wildlife trafficking, worth an estimated $19 billion annually, is the fourth largest illegal trade in the world after drugs, counterfeit goods, and human trafficking.
- The U.S. is the second largest consumer of ivory after China.
- As a keystone species elephants are vital to the survival of diverse ecosystems.
- Recent studies show that the majority of ivory on the U.S. marketplace is illegal.