Photo Credit; WWF
Dear Cleveland Orchestra,
My name is Christina LaMonica and I am the Founder and President of Ivory Free Ohio, a grassroots organization dedicated to ending the sale and trade of all Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting products. We have never met in person, but we have communicated over the telephone and through emails regarding the push to have these products banned in the state of Ohio. As you may know I approached my District Senator in June, 2015. I wanted to educate him about the devastating effects of the illegal Ivory trade, while encouraging him to create Legislation that would protect our national security and help save Africa’s keystone species from extinction.
Two years after a joint pledge with the United States to ban the domestic trade in Ivory, all of China’s government-licensed carving factories and Ivory retailers are about to close.
China is one of the world’s biggest consumers of ivory products. By the end of 2017, it will have imposed a near-complete ban on buying and selling ivory.
PHOTOGRAPH BY CAMERON SPENCER, GETTY IMAGES
By; Rachael Bale
Elephants DC Founder; Jen Samuel, discusses China’s ban on ivory and how online auction sites provide a cover for the trafficking of illegal ivory here in the United States and around the world.