The African Elephant is under siege. A booming Chinese middle class with an insatiable taste for ivory, crippling poverty in Africa, weak and corrupt law enforcement, and more ways than ever to kill an elephant have created a perfect storm. The result:
- Over 30,000 African Elephants are slaughtered every year, more than 100,000 between 2010 and 2012.
- The Tanzanian government announced that the country has lost 60 percent of its elephants in the past five years, down from 110,000 to fewer than 44,000.
- During the same period, neighbouring Mozambique is reported to have lost 48 percent of its elephants.
- The pace of killing is not slowing. Most illegal ivory goes to China and Japan where a pair of ivory chopsticks can bring more than a thousand dollars and carved tusks sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
We, the people from all over the world, demand that the governments of China and Japan put an end to the ivory trade once and for all. Current legislation has proven ineffective - elephants are closer to extinction than ever before. Ban all ivory trade immediately and forever and impose strict jail sentences for ivory importers and sellers before elephants are killed off forever.
By refusing to update legislation, two of the most powerful countries on earth - China and Japan - are encouraging the ongoing slaughter of elephants and funding terrorist activity in Africa. As members of the G20, China and Japan need to be held accountable for creating an economically and environmentally corrupt global environment. In addition to the ever-increasing risk of elephant extinction, the ivory trade is also funding terrorist activity in Africa.
How many innocent people and elephants will die before the world will take action against the ivory trade? Add your name to the petition - demand protection, now!