Ask CITES to classify African Elephants as Highly Endangered

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Every 2 years, CITES, the organization that determines whether species are classified as threatened, endangered or highly endangered, is going to hold their convention. This year, they are meeting on September 24th in Johannesburg, South Africa. One of the species that they will be making a determination on is African Elephants. We are attempting to persuade the delegates of the CITES Convention to list African Elephants as HIGHLY ENDANGERED. Since CITES last met, in 2014, the African Elephant population has dropped by 25%! In only two years we have lost 100,000 elephants due to poaching.

The life span of an elephant is roughly the same as ours, they live well into their 80's and don't reproduce until the females are in their late teens or 20s. They have only one calf, normally, and their gestational period is almost two years long. They reproduce extremely slowly, and cannot make up the numbers lost to poaching. Can you imagine our children and grandchildren growing up in a world without elephants?

Governments of many countries in Asia, the European Union, and even in Africa, do not want to have elephants listed as HIGHLY ENDANGERED because they want to continue to trade in ivory, which is only obtained from the tusks of elephants. At the current rate of poaching, African Elephants will be extinct within 8 years. If they are designated as HIGHLY ENDANGERED, more power will be given to countries to fight poachers. Poachers would be able to be prosecuted under far harsher penalties.

CITES is a global agreement and with a HIGHLY ENDANGERED designation, elephants would be much more protected. We ask that you sign to help us convince governments that are sending delegates to the CITES Convention, that elephants need the classification of HIGHLY ENDANGERED, to help governments save the lives of elephants.

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