Outlaw all Sales of Elephant Ivory, Rhino Horn and Trophy Hunting Products in Ohio!
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The purpose of this petition is to encourage Ohio Governor John Kasich and our fellow legislators to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, internet sale and distribution of all Elephant Ivory, Rhinoceros Horn and Trophy Hunting Products in our state.
The United States is the largest consumer of these products behind China. With 96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks, and 1200 Rhino killed annually in South Africa alone, (Howard, 2014) it is predicted that these keystone species will be extinct within a few short years.
To understand the brutality of the killings, one must be aware of the poacher's methods. AK47’s, poisoned watermelons, cyanide dumped in watering holes thereby killing entire ecosystems in the process. Hacking off the tusks or horns while the animal is still alive. Paralysis darts so the species cannot move, yet is fully cognizant of machetes slicing into its skulls. Poisoned darts lead to weeks and weeks of suffering before an unspeakable death. (McAvey, 2015)
US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH says "Stopping the Ivory trade is not only a matter of conservation, but one of national security and international stability. (2014) There is no legislation banning these products in Ohio, and that is what we are committed to change. Encourage Governor Kasich and our elected constituents to enact legislation banning all sales of these products. Wild animals cannot protect themselves, but we can and we must!
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Ivory Free Ohio is a Grassroots Organization Committed to Ending the Trade of All Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in the State of Ohio.
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Howard, B.C. (2015, January 22). South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching. Nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved from http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150122-rhino-poaching-south-africa-conservation-science/
McAvey, A. (2015). Ivory Free Vermont. Ivoryfreevermont.org. Retrieved from http://www.ivoryfreevermont.org/
Portman, R. (2014, February 8). Elephants Slaughtered for Trinkets and Terrorism. CNN.com. Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/08/opinion/portman-elephants/
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