Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction
  • Petitioning President Barack Obama

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President of the United States of America
President Barack Obama
Secretary of State
John Kerry (Secretary of State)

Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction

    1. Petition by

      sharon arnold

      penngrove, CA

There has been an unprecedented increase in the illegal poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa and parts of Indonesia. The elephant death rate from poaching throughout Africa is higher than the rate that led to the international ivory trade ban. Rhinos are being driven to extinction in large part by the demand for the unsubstantiated medical claims of rhino horn. If trends continue, there won't be any elephants or rhinos left in the wild.

We implore the United States government to provide aid and legal and technical assistance to African and Southeast Asian governments to pursue illegal poachers. We also call on the Obama administration to demand that our trade partners in China, Japan, the Philippines and elsewhere vigorously and unambiguously enforce the ban on ivory, enforce all laws protecting rhinos, as well as step up enforcement in the U.S.

For further reading:

        http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/27/bronze-art-sparks-debate-over-the-extinction-of-the-straight-tusked-elephant/  

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/12/19/africas-elephants-facing-extinction-says-jane-goodall/   http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/dec/16/jane-goodall-ivory-poaching-elephant#start-of-comments

  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/18/african-elephants-will-be-extinct.html  

http://phys.org/news/2012-12-south-sudan-elephants-extinction-experts.html

  http://en.avaaz.org/1252/south-sudans-elephants-face-extinction-in-next-5-years  

http://blog.tigerfriends.com/blog/tigers-3/tigers-elephants-being-driven-into-extinction  

http://www.defenders.org/elephant/basic-facts?gclid=CJaNtuqpxbQCFQmCQgodPjIAOw  

http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wildlife_ESA_listing_milestone&gclid=CI_Ht4aqxbQCFeGDQgodYn0A5w  

http://www.pawsweb.org/meet_elephants.html?gclid=CMbw2ZKqxbQCFUjZQgod8gcA4A

http://www.savingrhinos.org/rhino-extinction-crisis.html

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2012/10/18/rhino-poaching-extinction-crisis/

http://bagheera.com/inthewild/van_anim_rhino.htm

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/poachers-trade-in-rhino-horn-is-pushing-species-into-decline-8364904.html

To:
President Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
John Kerry (Secretary of State), Secretary of State
Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 8,000 signatures
    2. And Now Even The Vultures Are Bing Targeted

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Darcy L. Ogada, a wildlife biologist, who is assistant director of Africa programs for The Peregrine Fund, has written about the killing of African vultures by poachers. The vultures have been helpful in assisting rangers find poachers by their circling of recently killed elephant, rhino, and other wildlife carcasses. The vultures are also being targeted for other reasons as the article outlines.
      It is not an exaggeration to say that entire ecosystem of many parts of Africa is under threat of extinction. Many iconic wild species are being threatened by poaching and other anthropocentric human endeavors.

      Article:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/28/opinion/the-poisoning-of-africas-vultures.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=c-column-top-span-region&region=c-column-top-span-region&WT.nav=c-column-top-span-region&_r=0

      The Poisoning of Africa's Vultures

      NAIROBI, Kenya - IN July of last year, roughly 500 vultures died after they ate the pesticide-laced carcass of an elephant that had been killed by poachers in Namibia. It was an example of one poaching technique in Africa that seems to be on the rise: the poisoning of vultures so that authorities won't be alerted to the location of the crime.

    3. Today is World Elephant Day

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      To raise awareness about the threats to elephant populations due to poaching and habitat destruction, today, August 12, is World Elephant Day. It's a good day to commit to educating others about the threats to elephants, rhinos and other species, and a good day to commit to never buying ivory under any circumstances. For more info:
      http://worldelephantday.org/

      World Elephant Day

      Bringing the world together to help elephants

    4. Petition Reopened

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      In case any of you had encountered a closed announcement when going to the link for this petition, it has been reopened. Thank you all for your support, and thank you, Change.org for your support.
      Please pass on the link so that others can participate in helping to save the elephant and rhino.
      Thanks again.

    5. Reached 6,000 signatures
    6. From the New Yorker by Elizabeth Kolbert

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      It seems as if the same news keeps getting repeated. Everyone knows what's happening, but our magnificent friends with trunks and horns are still being killed for their ivory and medicinally useless horn.

      http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2014/07/07/140707taco_talk_kolbert

      Elizabeth Kolbert: How Terrorism Is Threatening African Elephants

      Africa, after years of progress in protecting its wildlife, is again in crisis mode. In 2011 alone, an estimated twenty-five thousand African elephants were killed for their ivory. According to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there is "growing evidence that the terrorist groups stalking Africa" are funding their activities "to a great extent from ivory trafficking."

    7. Another Important Petition to Sign on Avaaz Regarding Thailand and Poaching

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is little time to sign this important petition on Avaaz.org. Decisions are being made today regarding pressuring Thailand's government to do more to crack down on poaching. Like Africa, there is a growing crisis taking place in Thailand. The population of elephants and other species are threatened by an increase in poaching.
      Please view and sign this new petition and pass it on to others. Time is running out:
      https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_elephants_usa/?bDmoSbb&v=42046

    8. "Wildlife Products May Finance Terrorism"

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Efforts are under way at borders to seize illegal rhino horn, ivory, etc. It's been established that there exists a relationship between the funding of terrorist groups and poaching of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife. So why has it taken so long to step up enforcement? Better late than never, I suppose. Perhaps enough pressure has been brought by all of us who care, and finally we are seeing responses to our efforts. Hopefully federal officials will increase vigilance even more so that maybe we can save these magnificent animals before it is too late. It's obviously also worth mentioning that anything that interferes with the ability of terrorists to fund their operations is critically important.
      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/06/16/us/ap-us-wildlife-trafficking.html?hp&_r=0

    9. More Than 20,000 Elephants Killed in 2013

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      More pressure needs to brought to governments who are charged with protecting elephants and rhinos (and other threatened species) as well as those governments who are charged with enforcing the international ban on ivory. Sign as many petitions as you can, write to the state department, write to other world leaders. March for elephants in October wherever you live. We must all do what we can before it is too late. Please share this and other petitions, donate, write, march. Let your voice be heard.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/elephants-poached_n_5491869.html

      More Than 20,000 Elephants Poached In Africa In 2013

      GENEVA (AP) - More than 20,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time, international wildlife regulators said Friday. Eighty percent of the African seizures w...

    10. March on Behalf of Elephants

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is another march for elephants planned this year in October. Please consider marching. It is planned this year to take place in cities throughout the world. The excellent organization "March For Elephants" is organizing it, with many other organizations involved as well. You can get more information here: http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org/

      March for Elephants and Rhinos | Oct. 4th, 2014

      Will you march? The Global march for Elephants and Rhinos will take place on Oct. 4th, 2014 in cities across the world. Please join us. These animals need you.

    11. Another Petition at Change Regarding Zimbabwe and Elephants

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is another petition at Chang.org for the elephants of Zimbabwe brought by the excellent organization "March For Elephants".
      You can sign it by going to this link:
      https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/minister-of-lands-resettlement-save-zimbabwe-presidential-elephants-now

    12. Reached 5,000 signatures
    13. No Surprise to Study Results on Elephant Behavior

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      Elephants Give a Helping Trunk

      Elephants are known to be highly social and intelligent. Now there is evidence that they engage in something that looks very much like a group hug when a fellow elephant is in distress.

    14. Finally Some Genuinely Positive News

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Recently the Obama Administration announced its decision to ban all commercial ivory. This is an historic, unprecedented decision, and demonstrates that this administration recognizes the seriousness of the poaching crisis. I applaud the Obama Administration for taking this step. Lets keep up the pressure by signing this and other related petitions to make sure this administration and future administrations keep up the good work.

      http://www.wcs.org/wcs-org/press/press-releases/national-strategy-for-wildlife-trafficking.aspx

      WCS Applauds Unprecedented and Historic National Strategy to Address Wildlife Trafficking

      "The United States government committed today its full power behind efforts to end the crime of wildlife trafficking. Wildlife criminals, beware.

    15. Reached 4,000 signatures
    16. Another Painful Headline Coming from Zimbabwe

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Again more poaching has occurred of these magnificent, mystical beings for their ivory. Sadly, the death toll is very high with the poachers using cyanide poison, contaminating a well and watering hole.There is a moral imperative to save these and other threatened species, and there are also serious consequences for our biosphere.

      http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Zimbabwe-Poachers-poison-91-elephants-4859920.php

      Zimbabwe: Poachers poison 91 elephants

      HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) â The stench of rotting elephant carcasses hangs in the air in western Zimbabwe, where wildlife officials say at least 91 elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market.

    17. March For Elephants

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Recognizing the crisis at hand, there is a march for elephants planned on Friday October 4th in San Francisco (and elsewhere). For more information, please go to http://www.marchforelephants.org/, and please march for the elephants. If you can't march, please consider donating to one of many organizations devoted to helping elephants and rhinos, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

      Again the link for the march
      www.MarchforElephantsSF.org

      March For Elephants | Saving The Elephant From Extinction

      March for Elephants is passionate about changing the story on behalf of elephants. Elephants in the wild are slated for extinction in 10 years. Join the cause.

    18. Reached 2,000 signatures
    19. Humans and Their Troubled Relationship With Elephants in India

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      The Hard Life of Celebrity Elephants

      One hot morning in Kerala, a tropical sliver of a state along the southwestern coast of India, I took a ride to Maradu, a town of nearly 45,000, to meet an elephant named Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan.

    20. Editorial in NY Times

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      Killing Lions, Buying Bombs

      PRESIDENT OBAMA and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently stepped up the fight against poachers, who kill tens of thousands of animals worldwide every year, selling their body parts for enormous profits. As well as bringing much needed political focus to the issue, their efforts include more resources to train and equip anti-poaching forces.

    21. Sad News from Hong Kong

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      More elephant tusks have been seized in Hong Kong. In spite of seemingly more awareness about the issue, the poaching crisis isn't improving. In fact it is getting worse judging by the number of seizures recently made by authorities in various countries in Asia and elsewhere.

      Even though President Obama has committed to combat poaching, we need to keep pressure on this administration (and future administrations) to even have a chance at saving these and other magnificent beings from sure nonexistence.

      Please write or call the White House to let President Obama know that you want more assistance offered to these countries to combat poaching. Tell him that his commitment of 10 million dollars is a good start, but more needs to be done.

      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
      (202) 456-1111

      Article:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/world/asia/hong-kong-seizes-smuggled-elephant-tusks.html?hpw&_r=0

      Hong Kong Seizes Smuggled Elephant Tusks

      HONG KONG - Customs officials in Hong Kong on Friday announced one of the largest seizures of smuggled ivory ever made in the city - and their fifth since October - highlighting the pervasiveness of a trade that conservationists describe as an all-out crisis for elephant populations in Africa.

    22. Great News! President Obama is Committing to Combating Poaching!

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      From Wildlife Conservation Society: http://www.wcs.org/
      "Just this week President Obama launched an unprecedented anti-poaching campaign, dedicated to the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. This new $10 million initiative will work to thwart poachers and reduce the insatiable demand for ivory from vulnerable elephants.

      With poachers able to sell ivory for thousands of dollars per pound, it's clear that criminal networks have everything to gain from killing wildlife. But countries across Africa have everything to lose from the instability, organized crime, disease, and economic disruption created by poaching.

      It's an uphill battle, but I'm so glad to know we have one of the world's most powerful diplomats standing up for elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife driven toward extinction by poaching. We need to make sure President Obama knows folks at home think he's doing the right thing. Will you send him a letter of support?"

      Thank President Obama at:
      (202) 456-1111,

    23. I Love This Story...

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      Meet the Man Who Spent 30 Years of His Life Planting Trees

      The Indian man who planted an entire forest by hand, Jadav Payeng, is back at it-pledging to seed a second whole forest all by his lonesome.

    24. Anna Merz, Nov. 17, 1931 - April 4, 2013

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      We have lost a hero in the conservation community. Anna Merz became a global leader in the fight against rhino extinction. She saved thousands of black rhinos. Her legacy continues:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/world/africa/anna-merz-protector-of-black-rhinos-dies-at-81.html?hp&_r=0

      Anna Merz, Protector of Black Rhinos, Dies at 81

      Anna Merz, who went to Kenya seeking a serene retirement but became so appalled by the slaughter of black rhinoceroses that she helped start a reserve to protect them, becoming a global leader in the fight against their extinction, died on April 4 in Melkrivier, South Africa. She was 81.

    25. Reached 750 signatures

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    • Alison MacColl LEICESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 6 hours ago

      I feel that poachong is getting out of hand, there needs to be stronger measures and the right to shoot poachers to protect these beautifull animals from becoming extinct.

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    • Brenda Goodspeed COQUITLAM, CANADA
      • about 23 hours ago

      Must preserve our wildlife from extinction...let them live in peace and pleasure, free from fear & cruelty

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    • Tullis Savage HOLMDEL, NJ
      • 5 days ago

      No animal should be treated cruelly

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    • Barbara Chandler-Litt FRANKLIN SQUARE, NY
      • 11 days ago

      Time is running out and we humans need to act now!!!

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    • Laura Bach-y-Rita BROOKLYN NY, NY
      • 15 days ago

      Because they are beautiful, majestic creatures who deserve to live and they are at true risk of extinction. We must protect them before it is too late.

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