Sign the CITES treaty and condemn ivory use for religious icons
  • Petitioned Pope Benedict XVI

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Pope Benedict XVI

Sign the CITES treaty and condemn ivory use for religious icons

    1. ashley smith
    2. Petition by

      ashley smith

      anaheim, CA

African elephants are suffering through one of the worst waves of ivory-related slaughter in history. 25,000 elephants were killed this last year. Poachers enter protected areas illegally and poison, shoot, or even bomb families of elephants at a time. When the survivors return to mourn for their kin, they are often stalked and slaughtered as well. Many religious icons are carved out of ivory. The Vatican has refused to sign the CITES Treaty, which protects endangered animals by controlling the sale of specimens when it threatens the species' survival. “You shall not make for yourself an idol” is one of the ten commandments. Worshipping statues carved out of ivory is against the very teachings of Jesus Christ. Ivory is obtained by violent means for monetary gain. As "stewards of the Earth", the Vatican should immediately publicly condemn the continuing trade of ivory for religious icons and sign the CITES Treaty to help protect african elephants.  If they do so, it may help to reduce the demand for the slaughter.

Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • George Perry ARNPRIOR, CANADA
      • 10 months ago

      I would like to see all the ivory buened and crushed in that city. It all, everything even the cross hanging from his neck.

    • Elaine B. BROOKLYN, NY
      • about 1 year ago

      The killing of these creatures is absolutely senseless. What a travesty it would be to not do everything we can to save this animal from torture and extinction.

    • Leah Reasoner THE PLAINS, OH
      • over 1 year ago

      The senseless murder of these gentle giants just to take a piece of their bodies is beyond disturbing.

    • Ben Harrison MEMPHIS, TN
      • over 1 year ago

      We are losing species for stupid and greedy reasons and it will be to the eternal shame of any member of any country who did not speak up and act not only behalf of the animals but of their children.

      I have resolved when possible never to buy Chinese made products and to discourage tourism.

    • Robin Wallace LOS ANGELES, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      There are already too many factors weighing against the survival of our planet's largest mammals. Poaching for vanity products is completely unnecessary and totally within our control to stop, but it will require a major coordinated effort between world leaders. The slaughter of wild exotic animals for greed is the kind of problem we need strong leadership for. We need leaders with vision to see what will be lost if nothing is done, and and strength to stand up against these truly evil acts.


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