Every 14 minutes an African elephant is killed.

African elephant, Loxodonta africana, Gary Stolz, USFWS

African elephant, Loxodonta africana, Gary Stolz, USFWS

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Dear Mark,

Every 14 minutes an African elephant is killed.

Elephant populations are crashing as a vicious wave of ivory poaching sweeps the continent. Half of the elephant families in Tanzania have been wiped out since 2009. But the Center for Biological Diversity is taking action now to stop the slaughter — petitioning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect elephants as endangered. We are the only U.S. environmental group taking this crucial step of petitioning to save both forest and savannah elephants in Africa.

We will need your help though — getting elephants protected will be a long and costly battle. Your contribution to the Center will help us save these intelligent, social animals.

Elephants desperately need full protection under the Endangered Species Act. Their current status as a “threatened” species clearly isn’t doing enough: The United States is the second-largest market for ivory in the world.

Full protection under the Endangered Species Act will add a powerful arsenal of new tools to the fight to save these extraordinary animals. It will stop elephant parts from being sold in the United States and crack down on the practice of using the legal trade in old ivory as a cover for illegal trade in new ivory. Last month a senior Chinese wildlife official pledged to end the ivory trade if the United States does the same. This listing would do exactly that.

You can support the Center’s work to protect African elephants with a contribution today.

We’re specialists at using the Endangered Species Act to save wildlife — we’ve gotten hundreds of animals and plants protected under the Act, which has a 90 percent success rate in saving species from extinction. By acting now, we can do our best to keep Africa’s elephants from disappearing. We can’t stand by while the brutal ivory trade wipes out 100 elephants every day.

Your gift to the Center will help secure lifesaving protection for Africa’s elephants. They need your help now.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center
for Biological Diversity

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