Pressure China to close their ivory carving factories and ban ivory and rhino horn.

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Pressure China to close their ivory carving factories and ban ivory and rhino horn.

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Natalie Gray started this petition to Target and

Elephants and rhinos are being slaughtered at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that 96 elephants a day are killed for their tusks, which are used to make useless decorative objects. Rhinos are poached at a rate of about 3 a day, but there are less than 11,000 left. They are killed for the ridiculous belief that rhino horn has medicinal value, when it is just keratin, like your hair and fingernails.

Even worse, many of the poachers and smugglers are members of cartels, and a lot of terrorist groups are funded with the blood money. It is blood money not only for the animals that have lost their lives, the orphans that die slowly by their mothers, or the cruelty shown by the poachers. It is also blood money for the almost 1000 rangers who have died trying to protect these wonderful animals.

Apple and Target, as responsible companies, that espouse doing the right thing, you must also do the right thing and tell China that you will buy your products from another country unless they end the sale of ivory and rhino horn completely and immediately. 

At this point, the poaching business is so lucrative that there must be a complete ban on ivory, an immediate shut down of the carving factories, and an immediate ban on rhino horn as well. It is not a medicine. If action is not taken, elephants are expected to be extinct within 10 years, and rhinos will be extinct in only 6 years. This would be an incredible loss of two iconic species that are beloved throughout the world. They are part of our collective heritage as humans, and to lose them through false beliefs, greed, and vanity is incomprehensible.

If there is no visible action taken on this by your respective companies within the year, from 9/23/2014 to 9/23/2015, a universal boycott of Apple and Target companies will commence. I will not buy any of your products starting now.

If we do NOT stop this poaching crisis, rhinos will be extinct within 6 years, and elephants in 10. Apple and Target, this is your chance to make a real difference. 

Thank you,

Natalie Gray

Citizen

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