By; Christina LaMonica
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.
Ivory Free Ohio has received global recognition from NGOs and fellow constituents who are standing strong with their commitments towards an outright ban of these products in their communities and countries.
If you have not already, please visit our freshly pressed Facebook Group: Ivory Free Ohio – IFOH and Twitter Account: @IvoryFreeOhio, to stay informed on news, legislation, and public hearings, within the United States and around the world.
To view my White House Speech, please watch here:
Social Media Links
White House Speech: The Third Annual Intl. March for Elephants in Washington, D.C.
Facebook Group: Ivory Free Ohio – IFOH
Twitter Account: @IvoryFreeOhio
Global Petition: Enact Legislation in Ohio Outlawing Ivory and Rhino Products