Petition to Outlaw Ivory and Rhino Horn Products in Ohio

Black Rhinoceros (Diceros Bicornis) and African Elephant (Loxodonta Africana) Africa. Photo Credit; WWF

Photo Courtesy of WWF

A Call to Action Outlawing Ivory and Rhino Horn in the State of Ohio

The purpose of this petition is to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and Internet sale and distribution of raw and worked ivory and Rhinoceros horn products in the state of Ohio.

In 2014, President Barack Obama issued an executive order banning the import and export of ivory, yet the United States remains the largest consumer after China as the order fails to include; the import, in-state, Internet, and diplomatic loopholes. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, 2014)

Trafficking of illegal ivory is a transnational organized crime run by terrorists and radicalists whom threaten our national security, our wildlife, and our people. (IFAW, 2013) “There is no legislation in Ohio and this is what I am working to change.” 

With 96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks and 1200 Rhino killed annually in South Africa alone, it is predicted that both of these keystone species will become extinct in less than 10 years. (National Geographic, 2014)

To understand the brutality of the killing, one must be aware of the methods – AK47’s, poisoned watermelons, cyanide dumped in watering holes thereby killing entire ecosystems in the process, hacking off tusks or horns while the animal is still alive, paralysis darts so the species cannot move yet is fully cognizant of machetes slicing into its skulls, and poisoned darts leading to weeks and weeks of extreme suffering before a long, unspeakable death. (McAvey, 2015)

Like humans, Elephants and Rhinos are ritualistic beings that are self-aware; intelligent, have lasting memories, long for and love their families, and whose calves depend on their mother’s milk for nutrients and survival, just as our babies do. And like our babies, without proper nutrition calves will succumb to the elements and even die from a broken heart.

Elephants and Rhinos are “keystone species”, meaning they are a species upon which many others depend on and whose disappearance initiates significant changes in an ecosystem. This is also known as a “trophic cascade” because of the cascading effect that a change in the size of one population at the top of a food web has on the populations below it. (Turk and Bensel, 2014)

I’m asking you to join me in pushing Ohio Governor; John Kasich, the Senate, and the General Assembly, to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and Internet sale and distribution of raw and worked ivory and Rhinoceros horn products in the State of Ohio.

Let’s show the world that saving Elephants and Rhinos is a bipartisan effort.

Sincerely,

Christina LaMonica, Founder; Ivory Free Ohio – IFOH

~Ivory Free Ohio is a Grassroots Campaign Dedicated to Ending the Trade of Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products, in Ohio.

Facebook Group: Ivory Free Ohio – IFOH

Twitter: @seechrissygo

Reference

African Environmental Film Foundation. (2012, August 24). White Gold. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/68WBv7iZ33s

Atkin, Bloom, Bonta, Lara, Levine, Maienschein, McCarty, Pavley, Rendon, Williams. (2015, January 7). Assembly Bill No. 96. Retrieved from http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/15-16/bill/asm/ab_0051-0100/ab_96_bill_20150107_introduced.pdf

Howard, B.C. (2015, January 22). South Africa Sees Record Year for Rhino Poaching. Nationalgeographic.com. Retrieved fromhttp://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/01/150122-rhino-poaching-south-africa-conservation-science/

IFAW. (2013, June). Criminal Nature; The Global Security Implications of the Illegal Wildlife Trade. ifaw.org. Retrieved from http://www.ifaw.org/sites/default/files/ifaw-criminal-nature-2013-low-res_0.pdf

iWorry.org. (2015). One Elephant is Killed every 15 Minutes.  iWorry.org. Retrieved from http://iworry.org/

McAvey, A. (2015). Ivory Free Vermont. Ivoryfreevermont.org. Retrieved from http://www.ivoryfreevermont.org/

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. (2014). USFWS Moves to Ban Commercial Elephant Ivory Trade. Fws.gov. Retrieved fromhttp://www.fws.gov/international/travel-and-trade/ivory-ban-questions-and-answers.html

Turk, J., & Bensel, T. (2014). Contemporary environmental issues (2nd ed.). San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

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6 thoughts on “Petition to Outlaw Ivory and Rhino Horn Products in Ohio

  1. Ms. Lamont,

    Though i’ve signed your petition to outlaw ivory in Ohio, i do not believe it will work. I do not pretend to be as informed as you on this matter, but i ask you, have laws against poaching and bans of ivory or rhino horn worked yet?

    I believe that this problem, like most we face, can only be solved by tackling the root cause: poverty. In the meantime, i hope the conservation laws help, and i’d like to suggest a few ideas you may not have thought of:

    1) Regarding large endangered animals specifically, there is a movement to repopulate continents throughout the world (including north america) with these animals. A population of these animals in North America, for example, is much less likely to be troubled by poaching than Africa, which endures abject poverty not known in America. Here is a link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/06/990607154315.htm

    2) Energy: while solar and wind power are a good thing, they will likely not be enough. I would suggest that you look into molten salt “thorium” reactors, which i believe have the best potential to provide the worlds energy in a clean, safe, and inexpensive manner.
    http://thoriummsr.com/intro/facts-about-thorium-molten-salt-reactors/
    http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/Current-and-Future-Generation/Molten-Salt-Reactors/

    3) Materials: Most of the materials which we mine from the earth’s crust originally came from asteroids. The amount of gold, for example, in only one near earth asteroid one mile by two (named “Eros”) is said to exceed all the gold ever mined from the earth’s crust. Regarding the solar and wind technologies you promote, the rare earth metals necessary for the high efficiency magnets, and solar and wind technologies, can also be found in abundance. All of the precious and semi-precious metals which we currently mine from the earth, at high monetary and environmental cost, can be found in Eros and other near earth asteroids in staggering quantities. There are several companies currently undertaking this endeavor:
    http://www.planetaryresources.com (cofounded by James Cameron)
    http://www.centauri-dreams.org/?p=26205

    Thank you for the important work you do.

    Thomas J. Eich

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Hi Christina!

    Thank you so much for creating this petition. I just signed it.

    The only challenge I see is in the enforcement of it in Ohio (or elsewhere). I recently watched a documentary about ivory poaching and apparently it is impossible to tell the difference between new ivory products and old ivory products, that, for example, a piece of carved ivory from an elephant killed in the 1800s and one made from an elephant that was murdered or maimed for its tusks a few months ago are identical even to “experts.” Have you looked into that? Any legislation is only as good as its “enforceability.”

    I’m sure you know more than I do about the topic. Is there a website to which you could refer me that addresses that issue? If “fresh ivory” is indeed distinguishable from “heirloom ivory,” then hopefully your petition will be able to help lead to the protection of these beautiful animals that they so deeply deserve.

    Sincerely,
    Chris Norden
    Phoenix AZ

    Liked by 1 person

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