WWF - Save the Elephants!
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YOU can make this happen:
- an end to the ivory trade
- an end to trophy hunting
- an end to the sale of elephant babies from Africa, to China and other places
Elephants are threatened massively. Populations across Africa have plummeted to an all-time low of 460,000 animals. In 1900, 10 million elephants were roaming Africa's savannas, in 1980 there were still 1.3 million. The main cause of the dramatic loss is poaching, which has escalated for years, and has reached devastating proportions.
All efforts to stop the slaughter of elephants have failed so far – and WWF is also responsible for this tragedy.
The Panda Group explicitly rejected the proposal submitted by 29 African states at the 2016 CITES Species Protection Conference to give all African elephants the highest protection status, thereby influencing a number of decision-makers (such as the EU, whose vote was ultimately the key factor).
The fact that the elephants of Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa are now listed on CITES Appendix II (and not on Appendix I, which would include the highest protection), has severe consequences for elephants,e.g. that elephant skin and hair and carvings may be traded. Also, elephant babies in Zimbabwe are caught for commercial purposes in the wild and are being sold to China. This not only decimates the population, but involves maximum cruelty for the highly intelligent and social animals.
Independent experts largely agree that an absolute and indefinite trade ban on all ivory is needed to stem poaching and save elephants from extinction. This strategy has already proved successful in the past: an international trade ban imposed in 1989 caused sales markets to collapse and prices to fall. Thus, illegal trade and poaching practically came to a standstill.
But with the approval of the WWF (!), ivory sales to China and Japan were again permitted in 2008 - with fatal consequences for the elephants:
Studies show, that ivory trade and poaching were massively fueled. The brutal slaughter of elephants for their tusks assumed catastrophic proportions and continues to this day! Under the guise of legal trade, freshly poached tusks have since been launched on the market on a massive scale. Why is WWF not actively campaigning for an end to the legal ivory trade in the EU?
Given the desperate situation of elephants, it is completely incomprehensible to most people that the most impressive and experienced animals still fall victim to "legal" trophy hunting. For 2017, CITES allowed a quota of 1188 elephants to be hunted. Many animal rights activists would be shocked to know WWF’s stance on this:
The WWF also supports elephant hunting projects and is involved in their implementation - rather than campaigning for alternative concepts of nature- and wildlife management, involving the local population.
Possessing great influence and enormous financial resources , WWF could secure the future of elephants!
Therefore, we urge the WWF to campaign for a global and perpetual ban on ivory trade, an immediate end to trophy hunting of elephants and other endangered wildlife, and an end to the abominal trade with baby elephants.
"Our US $600 billion figure for the annual value of protected area tourism is likely to be an underestimate—yet it dwarfs the less than US $10 billion spent annually on safeguarding and managing these areas," said Dr. Robin Naidoo of World Wildlife Fund, one of the study’s authors, in a press statement.
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