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To take decisive and affirmative action to help save the African elephant from the very real threat of extinction resulting from the current poaching crisis and subsequent Ivory trading.
  • Petitioned Hon John Banks

This petition was delivered to:

Member of NZ Parliament
Hon John Banks

To take decisive and affirmative action to help save the African elephant from the very real threat of extinction resulting from the current poaching crisis and subsequent Ivory trading.

    1. Virginia Woolf
    2. Petition by

      Virginia Woolf

      Auckland, New Zealand

STOP the demand = STOP the trade = STOP the killing NOW before it is too late! ONLY Elephants Should Wear Ivory!

Wholesale slaughter of elephants, throughout much of Africa, for their tusks to meet predominantly Asian demand, has decimated the herds and seen a drastic drop in numbers which is a cause of major concern worldwide hence the reason for the global call for an International March for Elephants on October 4th 2013 which was enthusiastically and well attended by 42 cities including Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand. We, the citizens of New Zealand and the world, therefore request the NZ House of Representatives to urge the New Zealand Government to speak out, demand and take immediate action on:

  • a global ban on ALL aspects of Ivory trading, including within ALL borders
  • the protection of the elephants' habitat from destruction and exploitation
  • to make it very clear, through diplomatic channels, to those offending nations currently involved in Ivory trading, that New Zealand strongly disapproves of, and opposes, such action
  • more stringent penalties to be imposed here in New Zealand, and internationally, on those caught participating in Ivory trading, if elephants are to have any hope of survival.

There is NO valid defence for any trade, whatsoever, in Ivory items, given the devastating impact on elephant populations, as a result of the incessant demand for Ivory. We call upon you to acknowledge the will of many concerned people here in New Zealand, and around the world, for this crisis facing the elephants to be addressed, as a matter of urgency and, therefore, act immediately to protect these iconic creatures now and for posterity. 

To:
Hon John Banks, Member of NZ Parliament
To take decisive and affirmative action to help save the African elephant from the very real threat of extinction resulting from the current poaching crisis and subsequent Ivory trading.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. 4 February 2014 update re the petition to the NZ House of Representative:

      Virginia Woolf
      Petition Organizer

      This online anti ivory trade petition has now closed with 3, 310 signatures received which is more than the target of 3,000 signatures sought. Thanks to all who made this outcome possible. A final total will be posted after all the signatures from the paper copy of the petition have also been returned to me and counted. At this stage, there are another 1,100 signatures which makes a current total well in access of 4,000 to be delivered to the NZ Parliament later this month. Everyone's support for this petition, since its inception to coincide with last October's global March for Elephants in which 42 cities participated, is greatly appreciated.

    2. January 2014 update re the petition to the NZ House of Representatives:

      Virginia Woolf
      Petition Organizer

      This anti ivory trade petition to the NZ Government will close online on 31st January 2014 so please sign and share if you haven't already done so. Many thanks again to all those people, here in New Zealand and around the world, for supporting this important petition which hopefully will have the desired impact. I would also like to acknowledge and thank Jim McIntosh, also a New Zealander, for the use of his photo of the elephant family, that fronts this petition, taken on a visit to Chobe National Park, Botswana.

    3. Reached 3,000 signatures
    4. December update re the petition to the NZ House of Representatives

      Virginia Woolf
      Petition Organizer

      Many thanks to everyone globally who has signed this important petition to the NZ government and to those who have also added their personal comments expressing concern about what is happening to the African elephant because of ivory trading. It is most heartening to see that there are now just over 2,500 signatures. On Monday 16 December, I met with my local Member of Parliament, who agreed to present this petition to the NZ House of Representatives because he strong supports positive initiatives to save the elephants and other wildlife. Parliament has now finished formal parliamentary sessions for the year, therefore, the Hon John Banks agreed to an extension of time, over the Xmas and New Year holiday period, for me to collect more signatures. The petition will now be presented to parliament when it resumes in early February 2014. Hopefully, even more signatures and comments will have a significant impact on the NZ politicians to take the desired action outlined in the petition.

    5. Reached 2,500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • marge buchner PRESTON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 5 months ago

      i love all anamals but 'nellies' and rhinos are my faves.

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    • Samantha Boston AUCKLAND, AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, NEW ZEALAND
      • 5 months ago

      There is no necessary reason for us to be supporting this trade - in fact, we should be actively working against it.

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      • 5 months ago

      We must save the elephants and put an end once and for all to this barbaric Ivory trade!

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    • Monique Webster DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND
      • 6 months ago

      Elephants are just so damn beautiful!!

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    • Michael O'Hara TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND
      • 6 months ago

      poaching is bad

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