This just in: US and China strike deal to stop commercial trade of ivory!

I just got this email from Wayne Pacelle of the Humane Society:

“Today marks the beginning of the end of the cruel ivory trade with a shared announcement from President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China. President Xi said his country would match the U.S.’s commitment to stop any commercial trade in ivory. This coming-together of the two largest ivory-consuming countries is a watershed moment for the efforts to stop the cruel global poaching of elephants for their tusks. Now, it is more important than ever to cement this commitment by urging the Administration to finalize the proposed rule as soon as possible»

It is estimated that one elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes. At that rate, this iconic species may go extinct in little more than a few decades. Photo by Alamy

It is estimated that one elephant is killed in Africa every 15 minutes. At that rate, this iconic species may go extinct in little more than a few decades. Photo by Alamy

The petition goes on to say: “While in Kenya, President Obama announced plans to release a proposed rule that will institute a near complete ban on the commercial ivory trade in the U.S. We applaud this urgently needed step to protect elephants and address the global poaching epidemic.

The poaching crisis has reached a critical point and unless something is done immediately to stop the ivory trade, elephants could be gone from the wild in the next few decades. Approximately 35,000 elephants are killed annually to supply the global demand for ivory. According to one estimate, the U.S. is the world’s second largest market for ivory after China. Several studies and anti-smuggling investigations have shown that illegal ivory is found in marketplaces across the U.S.”

It’s important to keep up the momentum here. Take just a moment to sign the petition to urge the finalization of the deal. 

The tides are turning for the elephants…and all animals. The world is finally starting to see the light. Keep the candle burning and always make your voice heard when you have the opportunity. Sign those petitions and spread the news! Do what you can to preserve wildlife. Thanks in advance for your advocacy.

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6 thoughts on “This just in: US and China strike deal to stop commercial trade of ivory!

  1. Thank you for bringing us this encouraging news, dear Michele. Let’s hope it doesn’t take long to finalize the agreement. I don’t want to be part of the generation that failed animals like the elephant by allowing them to become extinct in the wild. I signed the petition!

    Have a safe and happy weekend, dear friend!

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    • Oh, YAY Shady!! Thank you so much for signing the petition! It’s amazing what these petitions have been able to accomplish, along with the hard work of organizations like the Humane Society. I think the animals of the next generation is going to see a much better world. Thanks for doing your part!
      Happy Friday, friend!

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  2. Oh I am signing as soon as I amd finished writing this. It is appalling that the States is just as bad as China. In the media, it is always made up as if China is the main country that does such damage to animals but the States is right up there. What a shame. Elephants are so majestic

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    • The States has much to be ashamed of in its treatment of animals, especially in factory farming. It’s just disgraceful. But slowly the tides are shifting and the world is starting to wake up and hold accountable the companies and corporations. It’s because people are taking the time to speak up and express their outrage. So thank you for signing the petitions! Our voices really do matter…especially when we can get heads of states and countries to stop and listen, we’re doing something right. We just have to keep fighting for these precious animal souls…

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    • It was probably talked about back in the 90s but like many things, talk was all it was. Let’s hope the deal is finalized and the two countries abide by their agreements.

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