“She started learning about the ivory trade. Then she started fighting it. Read about the woman who wants Ohio to become #IvoryFree: Christina LaMonica”
Ivory Free Ohio Founder; Miss Christina LaMonica. Photo Credit: Dennis J. Photography, New York, NY.
By Kerry Skiff
“I need answers.”
The fire in her voice showed an inflamed passion. In my mind’s eye I could almost see sparks shooting from her eyes. Christina LaMonica has spent the last two years fighting the ivory trade in Ohio, with relative success, so when she discovered a new roadblock, she started lighting her matches.
LaMonica, the founder and voice of Ivory Free Ohio (IFOH), started her fight against the ivory trade in 2013. While on social media, she discovered pictures posted by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust of faceless elephant and rhino corpses, whose tusks and horns had been cut out of their skulls. “When I started seeing these images coming out of Nairobi, Kenya, I couldn’t just look at these images and shut down my computer and completely ignore that these things were happening,” she said. “And I knew I had to do something to make a change.” Continue reading
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.
By; Christina LaMonica
Ivory Free Ohio Founder; Christina LaMonica, delivers White House Speech. Photo Courtesy; Phil McAuliffe
I had the wonderful opportunity of unveiling “Ivory Free Ohio” to a National and International audience at the Third Annual International March for Elephants and Rhinos in Washington, D.C. The March was sponsored by Elephants D.C. and iWorry, an organization launched by Actress Kristin Davis; Patron and Ambassador to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Kenya.
I was invited as a guest speaker, together with; New Jersey Assemblyman; Raj Mukherji, who succeeded in an outright ban of Ivory and Rhino Horn products in his state with Senator Raymond J. Lesniak. Pennsylvania Representative; Madeleine Dean who introduced HB 1537, and Premier Conseiller; Rod Rembendambya on behalf of His Excellency Michael Moussa-Adamo with the Embassy of Gabon in Washington, D.C., just to name a few.
As Founder of Ivory Free Ohio: a grassroots initiative committed to ending the trade of Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products, my speech was framed around cultivating the courage to create change within our communities, educating ourselves and others on environmental policy, and bridging the gap of communication with State and Federal Legislators on how the trade of these products funds terrorism, threatens our national security, and our keystone species.
The 45-year-old Sudan, the sole remaining male of the rare subspecies of white rhino, died in Kenya. By CAMILLA SCHICK on March 20, 2018. Photo by Thomas Mukoya/Reuters.
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