USA: SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE U.S. IVORY TRADE!

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SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE U.S. IVORY TRADE!

 

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is preparing to issue regulations to crack down on the skyrocketing trade in elephant ivory, which led to the deaths of more than 30,000 elephants in 2012. But special interest groups like the NRA are fighting to weaken or delay those rules. Urge President Obama and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to stand strong and propose tough protections right now that will rein in the U.S. ivory market — the second largest in the world — and save elephants from extinction.

 

THIS PETITION CAN BE SIGNED BY NON US CITIZENS – PLEASE SIGN TODAY !

 

Source and petition link:

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3563

 

Make Your Voice Heard!

President Barack Obama

Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Subject:

Propose strong protections now to combat elephant poaching

Dear President Obama and Director Ashe:

*(Consider adding your own thoughts — personalized messages are especially effective.)

Wording:

I applaud your commitment to end our country’s role in wildlife trafficking. And I am pleased to hear that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon issue regulations to help end the slaughter of elephants for their ivory. However, I am concerned that these rules might be weakened or delayed due to influence from opposition groups like the NRA. Please don’t let these special interest groups stop you from issuing strong protections soon that will crack down on the U.S. ivory trade and help save elephants from extinction.

More than 30,000 elephants were poached in 2012 for their ivory, leading scientists to estimate that African forest elephants could become extinct within a decade. The United States is contributing to this massacre as the second largest ivory market in the world, with epicenters in New York, Hawaii and California.

Recently, New York State — the country’s largest ivory market — adopted legislation cracking down on ivory sales in that state and strengthening penalties for wildlife traffickers. New Jersey has done the same. Now, it’s time for the Administration to strengthen our nation’s laws at the federal level.

With populations declining rapidly and demand for ivory rising, elephants can’t wait. Please stand strong and follow through with strong safeguards now that will protect elephants from extinction. Thank you.

 

Sincerely,

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[City, State ZIP]

 

Source and petition link:

https://secure.nrdconline.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=3563

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