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Hi All! My name is Olivia Romano and I need your help to protect our world's elephants. Back in November, you may remember hearing in the news that Donald Trump had plans to lift a ban that would allow the import of big-game hunting trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia into the United States. This topic was of particular importance because the passing of this ruling would have allowed hunting trophies from body parts of elephants, including their tusks. It was released towards the end of November that Trump, miraculously, had a change-of-heart and decided to halt the passing of the ruling. For me: someone who has always had a love for elephants and was able to spend some quality time with these magnificent creatures last January while volunteering on a rural conservation ranch in Zimbabwe, I was relieved.

However, it has come to my attention that on March 1, 2018, the Trump Administration, in an attempt to sneak it by the American people and the world, had the Fish and Wildlife Services quietly release a memorandum stating a ban reversal that would allow hunters to obtain permits for hunting trophies on a "case-by-case" basis. Let me make this EXTREMELY CLEAR: there is absolutely NO, NONE, NADA, ZIP, ZERO situation where innocent animals, especially ones from species currently on the verge of EXTINCTION, should be legally allowed to be SLAUGHTERED in order for someone to feel some sick sense of power by being able to display their kill (yeah, I'm talking to you, Eric and Donnie Jr. - if you haven't already seen pictures of the brothers posing with their kills from their latest hunting trip, I highly suggest you check them out. Warning though: they are upsetting, disgusting images, but they offer insight into the reality of the threats that face these animals). THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE. 

The cold, hard truth is: elephants are on the verge of extinction that could occur within the next TWENTY YEARS, but THERE IS STILL TIME FOR US TO DO SOMETHING! Currently, according to the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), African elephants are listed as VULNERABLE. However, one of the two subspecies (Forest and Savannah) of African elephants, the Forest elephant, is listed as ENDANGERED. The Asian elephant is also recognized as ENDANGERED, which is the status of its three subspecies as well - Indian, Sumatran, and Sri Lankan. In Africa, approximately 100 elephants are killed EVERY SINGLE DAY, mostly due to  poaching for their tusks to sell into the illegal ivory trade. This amounts to the slaughter of at least 30,000 ELEPHANTS EVERY YEAR. Elephants are literally being killed at a faster rate than they are being born, which means if we don't act fast, there will eventually be none left in the wild.

As an animal lover, and as someone who was lucky enough to work with them hands-on and experienced their beauty and intelligence first-hand, I cannot imagine a world where I will not be able to go back and do that again. It physically pains me to think that there is a possibility that one day, I will have to explain to my future children what elephants were and how they went extinct because we did not do enough to protect them. It pains me that if the decline in the elephant populations continues to the point of extinction, that my experience volunteering with African elephants will become an increased rarity, and I will not be able to share this experience with the many, many others that I know have always dreamed of doing the same.

So please, for the elephants, for present and future children, for yourself - sign this petition to tell President Trump that allowing this ban will put elephant populations at further risk, and possibly expedite their extinction. By passing this ruling, the Trump Administration is declaring that they do not care about the well-being and futures of our elephants. I believe that there are more of us that want to protect them, so please sign in an act to help us save our elephants before it is too late. 

The elephants and I thank you!!!!

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