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.