Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction
  • Petitioning President Barack Obama

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President of the United States of America
President Barack Obama
Secretary of State
John Kerry (Secretary of State)

Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction

    1. Petition by

      sharon arnold

      penngrove, CA

There has been an unprecedented increase in the illegal poaching of elephants and rhinos in Africa and parts of Indonesia. The elephant death rate from poaching throughout Africa is higher than the rate that led to the international ivory trade ban. Rhinos are being driven to extinction in large part by the demand for the unsubstantiated medical claims of rhino horn. If trends continue, there won't be any elephants or rhinos left in the wild.

We implore the United States government to provide aid and legal and technical assistance to African and Southeast Asian governments to pursue illegal poachers. We also call on the Obama administration to demand that our trade partners in China, Japan, the Philippines and elsewhere vigorously and unambiguously enforce the ban on ivory, enforce all laws protecting rhinos, as well as step up enforcement in the U.S.

For further reading:

        http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2012/12/27/bronze-art-sparks-debate-over-the-extinction-of-the-straight-tusked-elephant/  

http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/12/19/africas-elephants-facing-extinction-says-jane-goodall/   http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/dec/16/jane-goodall-ivory-poaching-elephant#start-of-comments

  http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/18/african-elephants-will-be-extinct.html  

http://phys.org/news/2012-12-south-sudan-elephants-extinction-experts.html

  http://en.avaaz.org/1252/south-sudans-elephants-face-extinction-in-next-5-years  

http://blog.tigerfriends.com/blog/tigers-3/tigers-elephants-being-driven-into-extinction  

http://www.defenders.org/elephant/basic-facts?gclid=CJaNtuqpxbQCFQmCQgodPjIAOw  

http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=priorities_wildlife_ESA_listing_milestone&gclid=CI_Ht4aqxbQCFeGDQgodYn0A5w  

http://www.pawsweb.org/meet_elephants.html?gclid=CMbw2ZKqxbQCFUjZQgod8gcA4A

http://www.savingrhinos.org/rhino-extinction-crisis.html

http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/extinction-countdown/2012/10/18/rhino-poaching-extinction-crisis/

http://bagheera.com/inthewild/van_anim_rhino.htm

http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/nature/poachers-trade-in-rhino-horn-is-pushing-species-into-decline-8364904.html

To:
President Barack Obama, President of the United States of America
John Kerry (Secretary of State), Secretary of State
Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. From the New Yorker by Elizabeth Kolbert

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      It seems as if the same news keeps getting repeated. Everyone knows what's happening, but our magnificent friends with trunks and horns are still being killed for their ivory and medicinally useless horn.

      http://www.newyorker.com/talk/comment/2014/07/07/140707taco_talk_kolbert

      Elizabeth Kolbert: How Terrorism Is Threatening African Elephants

      Africa, after years of progress in protecting its wildlife, is again in crisis mode. In 2011 alone, an estimated twenty-five thousand African elephants were killed for their ivory. According to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, there is "growing evidence that the terrorist groups stalking Africa" are funding their activities "to a great extent from ivory trafficking."

    2. Another Important Petition to Sign on Avaaz Regarding Thailand and Poaching

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is little time to sign this important petition on Avaaz.org. Decisions are being made today regarding pressuring Thailand's government to do more to crack down on poaching. Like Africa, there is a growing crisis taking place in Thailand. The population of elephants and other species are threatened by an increase in poaching.
      Please view and sign this new petition and pass it on to others. Time is running out:
      https://secure.avaaz.org/en/hours_to_save_elephants_usa/?bDmoSbb&v=42046

    3. "Wildlife Products May Finance Terrorism"

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Efforts are under way at borders to seize illegal rhino horn, ivory, etc. It's been established that there exists a relationship between the funding of terrorist groups and poaching of elephants, rhinos and other wildlife. So why has it taken so long to step up enforcement? Better late than never, I suppose. Perhaps enough pressure has been brought by all of us who care, and finally we are seeing responses to our efforts. Hopefully federal officials will increase vigilance even more so that maybe we can save these magnificent animals before it is too late. It's obviously also worth mentioning that anything that interferes with the ability of terrorists to fund their operations is critically important.
      http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/06/16/us/ap-us-wildlife-trafficking.html?hp&_r=0

    4. More Than 20,000 Elephants Killed in 2013

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      More pressure needs to brought to governments who are charged with protecting elephants and rhinos (and other threatened species) as well as those governments who are charged with enforcing the international ban on ivory. Sign as many petitions as you can, write to the state department, write to other world leaders. March for elephants in October wherever you live. We must all do what we can before it is too late. Please share this and other petitions, donate, write, march. Let your voice be heard.

      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/elephants-poached_n_5491869.html

      More Than 20,000 Elephants Poached In Africa In 2013

      GENEVA (AP) - More than 20,000 elephants were poached last year in Africa where large seizures of smuggled ivory eclipsed those in Asia for the first time, international wildlife regulators said Friday. Eighty percent of the African seizures w...

    5. March on Behalf of Elephants

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is another march for elephants planned this year in October. Please consider marching. It is planned this year to take place in cities throughout the world. The excellent organization "March For Elephants" is organizing it, with many other organizations involved as well. You can get more information here: http://www.march4elephantsandrhinos.org/

      March for Elephants and Rhinos | Oct. 4th, 2014

      Will you march? The Global march for Elephants and Rhinos will take place on Oct. 4th, 2014 in cities across the world. Please join us. These animals need you.

    6. Another Petition at Change Regarding Zimbabwe and Elephants

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is another petition at Chang.org for the elephants of Zimbabwe brought by the excellent organization "March For Elephants".
      You can sign it by going to this link:
      https://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/minister-of-lands-resettlement-save-zimbabwe-presidential-elephants-now

    7. Reached 5,000 signatures
    8. No Surprise to Study Results on Elephant Behavior

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      Elephants Give a Helping Trunk

      Elephants are known to be highly social and intelligent. Now there is evidence that they engage in something that looks very much like a group hug when a fellow elephant is in distress.

    9. Finally Some Genuinely Positive News

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Recently the Obama Administration announced its decision to ban all commercial ivory. This is an historic, unprecedented decision, and demonstrates that this administration recognizes the seriousness of the poaching crisis. I applaud the Obama Administration for taking this step. Lets keep up the pressure by signing this and other related petitions to make sure this administration and future administrations keep up the good work.

      http://www.wcs.org/wcs-org/press/press-releases/national-strategy-for-wildlife-trafficking.aspx

      WCS Applauds Unprecedented and Historic National Strategy to Address Wildlife Trafficking

      "The United States government committed today its full power behind efforts to end the crime of wildlife trafficking. Wildlife criminals, beware.

    10. Reached 4,000 signatures
    11. Another Painful Headline Coming from Zimbabwe

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Again more poaching has occurred of these magnificent, mystical beings for their ivory. Sadly, the death toll is very high with the poachers using cyanide poison, contaminating a well and watering hole.There is a moral imperative to save these and other threatened species, and there are also serious consequences for our biosphere.

      http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Zimbabwe-Poachers-poison-91-elephants-4859920.php

      Zimbabwe: Poachers poison 91 elephants

      HWANGE, Zimbabwe (AP) â The stench of rotting elephant carcasses hangs in the air in western Zimbabwe, where wildlife officials say at least 91 elephants were poisoned with cyanide by poachers who hack off the tusks for the lucrative illegal ivory market.

    12. March For Elephants

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Recognizing the crisis at hand, there is a march for elephants planned on Friday October 4th in San Francisco (and elsewhere). For more information, please go to http://www.marchforelephants.org/, and please march for the elephants. If you can't march, please consider donating to one of many organizations devoted to helping elephants and rhinos, such as the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

      Again the link for the march
      www.MarchforElephantsSF.org

      March For Elephants | Saving The Elephant From Extinction

      March for Elephants is passionate about changing the story on behalf of elephants. Elephants in the wild are slated for extinction in 10 years. Join the cause.

    13. Reached 2,000 signatures
    14. Humans and Their Troubled Relationship With Elephants in India

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      The Hard Life of Celebrity Elephants

      One hot morning in Kerala, a tropical sliver of a state along the southwestern coast of India, I took a ride to Maradu, a town of nearly 45,000, to meet an elephant named Mangalamkunnu Ayyappan.

    15. Editorial in NY Times

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      Killing Lions, Buying Bombs

      PRESIDENT OBAMA and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently stepped up the fight against poachers, who kill tens of thousands of animals worldwide every year, selling their body parts for enormous profits. As well as bringing much needed political focus to the issue, their efforts include more resources to train and equip anti-poaching forces.

    16. Sad News from Hong Kong

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      More elephant tusks have been seized in Hong Kong. In spite of seemingly more awareness about the issue, the poaching crisis isn't improving. In fact it is getting worse judging by the number of seizures recently made by authorities in various countries in Asia and elsewhere.

      Even though President Obama has committed to combat poaching, we need to keep pressure on this administration (and future administrations) to even have a chance at saving these and other magnificent beings from sure nonexistence.

      Please write or call the White House to let President Obama know that you want more assistance offered to these countries to combat poaching. Tell him that his commitment of 10 million dollars is a good start, but more needs to be done.

      The White House
      1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
      Washington, DC 20500
      (202) 456-1111

      Article:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/20/world/asia/hong-kong-seizes-smuggled-elephant-tusks.html?hpw&_r=0

      Hong Kong Seizes Smuggled Elephant Tusks

      HONG KONG - Customs officials in Hong Kong on Friday announced one of the largest seizures of smuggled ivory ever made in the city - and their fifth since October - highlighting the pervasiveness of a trade that conservationists describe as an all-out crisis for elephant populations in Africa.

    17. Great News! President Obama is Committing to Combating Poaching!

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      From Wildlife Conservation Society: http://www.wcs.org/
      "Just this week President Obama launched an unprecedented anti-poaching campaign, dedicated to the fight against illegal wildlife trafficking. This new $10 million initiative will work to thwart poachers and reduce the insatiable demand for ivory from vulnerable elephants.

      With poachers able to sell ivory for thousands of dollars per pound, it's clear that criminal networks have everything to gain from killing wildlife. But countries across Africa have everything to lose from the instability, organized crime, disease, and economic disruption created by poaching.

      It's an uphill battle, but I'm so glad to know we have one of the world's most powerful diplomats standing up for elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife driven toward extinction by poaching. We need to make sure President Obama knows folks at home think he's doing the right thing. Will you send him a letter of support?"

      Thank President Obama at:
      (202) 456-1111,

    18. I Love This Story...

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer
      Meet the Man Who Spent 30 Years of His Life Planting Trees

      The Indian man who planted an entire forest by hand, Jadav Payeng, is back at it-pledging to seed a second whole forest all by his lonesome.

    19. Anna Merz, Nov. 17, 1931 - April 4, 2013

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      We have lost a hero in the conservation community. Anna Merz became a global leader in the fight against rhino extinction. She saved thousands of black rhinos. Her legacy continues:
      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/22/world/africa/anna-merz-protector-of-black-rhinos-dies-at-81.html?hp&_r=0

      Anna Merz, Protector of Black Rhinos, Dies at 81

      Anna Merz, who went to Kenya seeking a serene retirement but became so appalled by the slaughter of black rhinoceroses that she helped start a reserve to protect them, becoming a global leader in the fight against their extinction, died on April 4 in Melkrivier, South Africa. She was 81.

    20. Reached 750 signatures
    21. Kaza

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      A conservation park in Africa which encompasses many countries.
      It is so huge that it is roughly the size of Italy. The Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area, or KAZA TFCA, is potentially the world’s largest conservation area, spanning five southern African countries; Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe, centred around the Caprivi-Chobe-Victoria Falls area. To read more:
      http://www.kavangozambezi.org/about_kaza.php

      KAZA-TFCA

      The goal of the KAZA TFCA is "To sustainably manage the Kavango Zambezi ecosystem, its heritage and cultural resources based on best conservation and tourism models for the socio-economic wellbeing of the communities and other stakeholders in and around the eco-region through harmonization of policies, strategies and practices."

    22. NY Times Op Ed Sunday 3/17 "Slaughter of African Elephants"

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      There is growing alarm and urgency to the crisis of poaching of elephants in Africa and Asia. A study just completed concludes that, "... a staggering 62 percent vanished from central Africa between 2002 and 2011, according to a study... just published with 60 other scientists in the journal PLoS One. It was the largest such study ever conducted in the central African forests, where elephants are being poached out of existence..."
      As these scientist note, even the behavior of elephants is changing as a result of this catastrophe, for example they won't use roads unguarded by rangers. This animal holocaust must be stopped. Write to your elected representatives - republican or democrat, write to the president, write to CITES, write to the heads of foreign governments, including and especially China where most of the consumers of this blood ivory reside. And please share this petition.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/17/opinion/sunday/slaughter-of-the-african-elephants.html?_r=0

      Slaughter of the African Elephants

      THERE is nothing a mother elephant will not do for her infant, but even she cannot protect it from bullets. About a year ago, poachers attacked a family of forest elephants in central Africa. The biologist who witnessed the attack told us that wildlife guards were completely outgunned.

    23. Article Outlines China's Prominent Role in Elephant, Rhino Deaths

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      To have a basic understanding of how complex and corrupt enforcement of Ivory Trade Ban is, this article in the March 2, 2013 NY Times details what we are up against in trying to stop the bloodshed of these beautiful animals. As with most articles I post, be prepared to be outraged. Turn your outrage into action: be informed, write, educate others, speak out, sign this and other petitions. We can save these species if we act.

      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/world/asia/an-illicit-trail-of-african-ivory-to-china.html?hp&_r=0

      An Illicit Trail of African Ivory to China

      "We call them bloody teeth," said Xing, a furniture maker and ivory trafficker who is part of a shadowy trade that has revived calls for a total international ban on ivory sales.

    24. Death Toll Rises to 14 Elephants in Rainforest, WWF Calls For Protection

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Poaching isn't the only enemy to elephants and other species. Human development also has deadly consequences. Tragically, "more than a dozen pygmy elephants (have been) found dead and possibly poisoned in Malaysian forest reserves slated to be converted into plantations".
      There are only an estimated 1200 of these elephants in the world. In addition to these rare elephants, Sumatran Rhinoceros, Orangutans and many other endangered species are threatened by our seemingly benign consumption in the west of such products as palm oil and lumber. Often these products are labeled "sustainably grown" for our guilt free consumption, but in fact, as this article suggests, they are anything but.
      Article:
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/another-3-borneo-pygmy-elephants-found-dead-in-malaysia-poisoning-suspected-in-all-13-deaths/2013/01/30/6efe9eea-6b41-11e2-9a0b-db931670f35d_story.html?hpid=z4

      WWF calls for forest protection to preserve Borneo pygmy elephants as death toll rises to 14

      KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - More than a dozen pygmy elephants found dead and possibly poisoned in Malaysian forests were in reserves slated to be converted into plantations, the wildlife group WWF said Thursday, raising the prospect that they were deliberately killed by humans taking over their habitat.

    25. Reached 500 signatures

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    • Mary Grady DORCHESTER, MA
      • about 15 hours ago

      This is important to me because elephants and rhinos are magnificent creatures who are being killed so that people can make religious icons in the Phillipines, China and Thailand.

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    • Sammy Vang CLOVIS, CA
      • 1 day ago

      I love elephants and they shouldn't be treated this way. Everyone knows its wrong but they still do it. Special attention is needed and strong punishment should be hold in place to save these animals!

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    • TOURMENTE SANDY MONTIERS SUR SAULX, FRANCE
      • 2 days ago

      Il faut les préserver avant hélas leurs extinctions totales !

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    • Audrey Cardinal MONTREAL, CANADA
      • 10 days ago

      They are suffering ! And almost instinct. Stop this Slaughter !

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    • elzbieta zukrowska - kolka GOOLE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 days ago

      Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction

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