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Help Save African Elephants

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Today, many African elephants are being slaughtered to meet a growing demand for illegal ivory, particularly from Asia, which has led to a surge of poaching. Tens of thousands of elephants are killed each year by wildlife criminals for their ivory. Last year more than 30,000 elephants were illegally poached, this equates to one elephant every twenty minutes. This trade takes place in China and is primarily driven by a burgeoning demand for ivory. Ivory has played a centuries-old role in Chinese culture and is seen as an important medium in art and a symbol in wealth. Sophisticated criminal elements are the same groups that smuggle arms, people, and drugs that orchestrate the poaching and smuggling of ivory. The demand in China seems insatiable.

To save these African elephants, we must identify and fund efficient actions that address the supply, trafficking and demand for ivory. Anti-poaching efforts are crucial to help slow the killings of elephants in Africa. Please help by signing this petition so we can seize ivory and trade disrupted. Demand for ivory products has to be stopped in China and elsewhere to lower the price of ivory and remove the incentive to kill elephants. This is important since elephants are one of the largest animals in the world and play a pivotal role in shaping their habitat; their presence helps maintain suitable habitiats for other species.

Sources: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/world/africa/africas-elephants-are-being-slaughtered-in-poaching-frenzy.html?_r=0

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/africa/elephants/?adpos=1t2&creative=73883854118&device=c&matchtype=b&network=g&src=sea.AWP.PR32.CP389.AD266.KW82715.MT1.BU632&nst=0&gclid=CjwKEAjwmfKpBRC8tb3Mh5rs23ASJACWy1QPajWc_bJj2A9EfCv32ZnW7aobK1mQAvTUzHeKH8HCBBoC5lXw_wcB

 



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