Tell Obama to Ban Ivory Sales in the US!
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Can the U.S. Stop African Elephants from Going Extinct in One Generation?
Did you know that the United States is the world's second largest retail market for ivory, second only to China, when it comes to fueling the global poaching and smuggling crisis?
African elephants need our help here – in the U.S. If we don’t take action NOW, it may be too late to save this magnificent and keystone species. President Obama is currently considering this issue on a federal level so please call and write to him (see letter below).
State-level legislation is also vital now due to current loopholes in our federal laws. Thanks to increased awareness from an array of organizational and individual elephant and rhino advocates working tirelessly in partnership with lawmakers of both political parties to institute laws protecting elephants in the rest of our nation's states, 25 states have considered, or are now considering, legislation to restrict the trade of ivory and rhino horn within their borders.New York and New Jersey already have legislation in place and the latest state to pass this protection for elephants and rhinos is Oregon. Some of you have helped to accomplish this with your efforts, and we thank you!
Why is the complete ban of the ivory trade so important?
Shockingly, between 2010 and 2012 -100,000 elephants were killed for their ivory – an average of one every 15 minutes. The worldwide illegal ivory trade has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998. If you're not already convinced, a few more points:
A comprehensive breakdown of state ivory legislation is as follows:
Legislation in place: NY, NJ. OR
Bill before legislature: CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, NV, RI, VT
Considering legislation, but no bill yet introduced: CO, DE, GA, KY, MO, PA, TX, DC
Legislation stalled: AR, HI, IA, MD, OK, VA, WA
No legislative action: AL, AK, AZ, ID, IN, KS, LA, ME, MI, MN, MS, MT, NE, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, SC, SD, TN, UT, WV, WI, WY
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
1) First, please immediately call the Obama Administration at 202-456-1111.
You can say, "I am concerned about elephants and I do not want them going extinct due to the ivory trade. Please propose a rule to end the ivory trade in the United States."
2) Then, send our letter below.
3) Finally, stay tuned to IDA's, regional, state-wide alerts:
In the upcoming weeks we will be preparing to send you regional alerts for you to take action with just one click! Please make sure that you have provided IDA with the state in which you reside so that we can send you the appropriate alerts.
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Implement the Rule that Would End the Illegal U.S. Ivory Trade
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