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Help Stop The Bloody Ivory Trade

The image of elephant carcasses is a haunting one. Lifeless bodies strewn across the African Savannah, their faces literally sawed off for their tusks. Did they suffer when the first bullet pierced their skin? The second? Did they leave behind a baby, now orphaned and at risk?

The ivory trade is gruesome and indefensible and should be stopped once and for all. Will you help me save Africa's elephants before it's too late?

On March 13, 2010, delegates from 175 countries will descend on Doha, Qatar in the Middle East for the 15th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (popularly known as "CITES"). There, they will consider dozens of proposals concerning international protection of imperilled species — including dangerous petitions from Tanzania and Zambia to sell more than one hundred thousand kilograms of elephant ivory.

Please tell the United States government to vote NO on these proposals and urge the American CITES delegation to lobby actively against any ivory trade.

The global ivory trade of the 1970s and 1980s reduced the continent-wide population of African elephants by half — from an estimated 1.3 million to fewer than 600,000 individuals.

Today, insidious poachers and greedy ivory profiteers still drive the slaughter, laundering illegal ivory into ivory markets abroad, particularly in the Far East. Heavily armed criminal gangs are peppering elephant herds with bullets, often killing dedicated, protective park rangers in the process.

Source: Born Free USA

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