Petition to Justin Trudeau, Catherine McKenna
Ban the Sale of Elephant Ivory in Canada
Photo Credit: www.nickbrandt.com Will we be the generation that allows elephants to become extinct? A shocking 96 African elephants are killed every day for their ivory. That is 36,000 elephants a year. At this rate, African elephants could be extinct in the wild in only 8 years. Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are now committing mass slaughter using helicopters, night-vision goggles and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants - today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of elephants have disappeared. In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed, it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory because it's difficult to know how old ivory is. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL ivory trade. At the IUCN World Conservation Congress in August 2016, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe. In October 2016, at the CITES conference, Canada was 1 of only 9 votes against placing all elephants in Appendix I - the highest protection level to help prevent extinction. Sadly, the resolution did not pass. The US - the 2nd largest importer of ivory - banned practically all domestic ivory trade in June 2016. In December 2016, China announced the shut down of its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. If China, the largest consumer of ivory in the world, can stop its domestic trade, why can't Canada? We ask the government of Canada to make the import and domestic trade of all elephant ivory illegal. We also request that Canada votes to move all elephants from all range countries to Appendix I at every future opportunity. Sincerely, Fran Duthie - President, Elephanatics www.elephanatics.org P.S. The video story behind Nick Brandt's incredible photo "Elephant Skull" above is at: https://youtu.be/DVCN3M1b-fA?t=2m46s
Petition to CITES Parties in attendance at CoP17
PETITION: Tell CITES to end trade in wild African Grey Parrots!
Thousands of wild African Grey Parrots are being trapped each year to fuel the overseas pet trade. The trade is driving the species to extinction, and it has to stop. From September 24 to October 5, 2016, representatives from around the world will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES (CoP17). There they will decide how wildlife can - and can't - be traded around the world. Alongside Elephants, Rhinos and Lions, the fate of another iconic African species - the Grey Parrot - will be hanging in the balance. Once widespread throughout Africa, over 1.3 million Grey Parrots have been legally exported over the past four decades. Many parrots are poorly treated and die before export; as a result, the true number of parrots taken from the wild is estimated at well over 3 million. A recent study in Ghana reported a severe decline in population in recent years of 90-99%. In the Congo Basin, falling numbers are driving trappers to move into ever more remote areas to find parrots to catch. Despite collapses in numbers, much of this trade remains legal. A number of African countries have recognised the crisis and are leading efforts to give these beautiful birds maximum protection under international law. We're just days away from a major meeting of the world’s governments where the fate of these parrots will be decided. Making international trade illegal would help safeguard the African Grey Parrot’s future. Now is our chance to urge all Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) to support this action and protect this Globally Threatened Species from the unsustainable pressure of trapping. The survival of wild Grey Parrots is in the hands of CITES. The World Parrot Trust will be in attendance at the meeting to support the process; by signing the petition, you will add your voice to ours. Message to CITES: Move the Grey Parrot to Appendix I and end the trade in wild birds of this Globally Threatened Species for good. Please sign your name, share with your friends, and help us save thousands of wild parrots today!