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Save Elephants and Rhinos From Extinction
  • Petitioning Secretary John Kerry

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

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

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. 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.

    3. 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.

    4. Reached 4,000 signatures
    5. 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.

    6. 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.

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

    11. 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,

    12. 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.

    13. 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.

    14. Reached 750 signatures
    15. 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."

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. Reached 500 signatures
    20. More Bloodshed In Tsavo National Park, Article by Alicia Graef of Care2.com

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      "Eleven adults and one infant calf were brutally slaughtered in Tsavo East National Park in southern Kenya by poachers to feed the demand for ivory in Asian countries.

      “It is unimaginable, a heinous, heinous crime,” said Paul Udoto, spokesman for the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). “We have not seen such an incident in recent memory, it’s the worst single loss that we have on record, and our records go back almost 30 years.”

      The family was gunned down with automatic rifles before their tusks were hacked out with machetes, while the calf is believed to have been crushed by its mother as she fell after being shot.

      Now, teams of rangers are searching the 8,500 square mile park for the hunters by land and air. The park service estimates that around 10 poachers were involved in the slaughter, reports CNN.

      This attack is the latest in an increasing number of elephant deaths that KWS figures show have risen from fewer than 50 in 2007 to 360 in 2012, according to the Telegraph".

    21. Reached 250 signatures
    22. The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is an organization working in Kenya saving orphan baby elephants, rhinos, and other native wildlife. The work they do is beautiful and inspirational. They are nurturing these most vulnerable calves, some of whom have been traumatized by watching their families get massacred right before their very eyes. It's sad that this work is even necessary. You can make donations to this organization through their website. They can use the support.

      http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/

    23. Success in India and Thailand for Tigers Shows That We Can Save Species

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      Apparently the Wildlife Conservation Society reported last year that there has been an increase in the population numbers of tigers (and other species threatened by poaching, such as elephants) in some protected areas of Thailand and India. This is obviously great news for tigers and other threatened animals in these regions, but is good news for the cause of elephants, rhinos and all endangered species as it demonstrates that with concerted effort, we can protect these species. The governments of these countries were instrumental in these efforts, as NGOs can't do it alone. Patrolling was stepped up for poachers, and sentencing for crimes was increased. The numbers are still not even close to what they used to be for these animals, but progress is being made.
      Thank you, everyone for signing this petition. Hopefully soon we will see the same results for elephants and rhinos.
      Article:
      http://www.care2.com/causes/tigers-make-a-comeback-something-to-roar-about.html

      Tigers Make a Comeback: Something to Roar About

      In a small triumph, the population of tigers in India and Thailand has grown. At the very end of last year, the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported that the numbers of tigers have increased in some protected areas in those two countries, thanks in part to significant government effort.

    24. Reached 100 signatures
    25. NY Times Article: Deadly Risk for African Wildlife Rangers

      sharon arnold
      Petition Organizer

      An article in today's (1/5/13) NY Times highlights the increasing dangers to rangers trying to protect our four footed friends from poachers. We need forceful, committed action assisting wildlife rangers as well as forceful, committed pressure from the U.S and European nations on the countries that are the target consumers of ivory and rhino horn, namely, China, the Philippines, and Japan.
      It's so difficult just to read of these horrific atrocities. Please forward this petition, and please post on facebook, twitter, etc. It will take all of us putting pressure on our governments to stop this.
      Article:
      www.nytimes.com/2013/01/01/world/africa/central-africas-wildlife-rangers-face-deadly-risks.html?hp&_r=0

      Central Africa's Wildlife Rangers Face Deadly Risks

      All of a sudden, Djimet Seid, the cook, said he heard "one war whoop - or maybe it was a scream." And then: "K-k-k-k-k-k-k," the angry bark of a Kalashnikov assault rifle, opening up on fully automatic.

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      This poor animals need our help and protection! We have to save them!

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    • Phaedra Dresch CRAWFORDVILLE, GA
      • 11 days ago

      I want my son to live in a world with all of the majestic animals we have now, not just old photos and movies of what there used to be, like sabretooth tigers and dodos and wooly mammoths. One day people might live alone here on earth with just cockroaches.

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      • 19 days ago

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