Bobby Hathorn : As a Musician, I use only Corian on my Guitar/Banjo for the nuts & saddles…(they are the parts that hold the strings up) Synthetic, sounds BETTER than Ivory or Bone, and NO animals killed! Woo-hoo!>>>>Thanks for your stand, fellow enviromentalists.

Alejandra Garceau: The U.S.A is the 2nd biggest market for ivory in the world (2nd biggest consumer of ivory) right after China (1st market) The U.S.A and China are the 2 countries fueling the extinction of elephants, the ivory trade, for ivory has now reached a price higher than gold ever was. It’s definitely not Brazil, or France, or Switzerland, or Argentina, or Mexico, or Kenya, or Thailand fueling it (it’s not the rest of the world) but THE U.S.A AND CHINA. Please educate your citizens at home on this and many issues before they eat up the planet entirely!!!!!!!!

Palma Menno Rice: Ohio is selling Rhino horns & Ivory trinkets. What possible use do we have for these products? Thousands of Rhinos & Elephants face extinction – just for this!!

Iris Owens: America stop the ivory trade. This country is the second next to China in the importation of ivory. For every piece of ivory we import a beautiful, intelligent living, breathing animal has given it’s life just so some ignorant or thoughtless person can have a piece of ivory on their coffee table. It’s beyond comprehension how people can still be buying ivory when they know how much suffering these beautiful animals endure. If you’d ever seen a beautiful elephant dead without it’s tusks and it’s little baby looking bewildered, I can assure you, you would never want to see another piece of ivory. PLEASE AMERICA STOP IMPORTING IVORY. MAKE IT A FEDERAL CRIME.

Nanci Cox-Shirley: Thank you Christina, we need to start this in every state. I am sure you are aware of the British man that made it his personal quest to find out just where the poachers are, tracing this valued information to the King Pin of this horrible trade in Sudan. If you have not seen this documentary please do so. I do believe that we are on the right track in seeing that each state will not allow the purchase or sale of any Ivory. Thank you again.

 Shoshana Matusak:  My heartfelt thanks for your ongoing efforts and hard work to help end the slaughter of these majestic animals.

Terrence Owens: Totally support this. Everyone needs to attend that possibly can. Stop the carnage now. Mass poisoning of 40 elephants in Zimbabwe just to feed China’s harmful obsession for ivory.

Valerie Orner: 
Dear Christina, I wish I could be there to lend my voice, but my heartfelt thanks for working to protect these precious animals from those who are vile, greedy, corrupt and devoid of compassion. For the animals of this world it is a holocaust every day and we must stand together for those with no voice.


Paul Cooke: It seems that we have no laws to protect anything anymore. The law should be as simple as ‘right and wrong.’ Is it right to kill all these animals just for their ivory? Common sense tells us that this is not right or fair to the animals. They need protections.

Chris Norden: 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 1800’s 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 “enforce-ability.”
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.

Toby Ann Reese: Thank you so much for informing me about the musical instrument using ivory. It just never occurred to me. I support your effort and support the elephant rescues in Africa and here in the USA. Please keep trying to get the word out.

Sylvie Sadorian: Good job! there’s more to be done, I know. Bless your heart Christina for all the hard work and efforts put in this project, surely they’re not in vain! there will be justice for all animals, sadly humanity can be evil. Good luck.

Susan Fong: Christina, I commend you for your tireless dedication in working to stop the importation of rhino and elephant products in the U.S. I hope that proposed legislation in several states banning the sale and trade of these products is successful. Thank you for helping these innocent animals whose populations continue to diminish because of the ruthlessness, greed, and stupidity of some people. The brutal and unconscionable slaughter of these precious animals must stop!

Bobby and Bonnie Hathorn at brasspick@yahoo.com: Dear Ms. LaMonica:
We hope that this email finds you doing well; as for us, we’re doing great!
The reason for this email, is, I am a Bluegrass musician, (Banjo/Guitar) who switched from Ivory and Bone 25 years ago. I was told by my teacher in the early ’70’s that Ivory and Bone, in that order were the substances of choice in making Bridges, Saddles, and Nuts for Guitars, Banjos, Mandolins, and all stringed instruments.
Since that time, a luthier friend, Terry Overstreet introduced me to Corian. This material holds the strings well, is low-friction, and conducts the vibration of the strings. As a result, the instrument that the Corian Nuts, Saddles, and Bridges are used on sound louder, clearer, and have more sustain, with less string breakage than either Ivory or Bone. And, NO Elephants, Rhinos, or Walrii killed!
If you know any string musicians who would like to try Corian, please let me know, and I will send some samples.
Thanks for your time, Bobby & Bonnie Hathorn

Lauren Cooper: Assuming ivory piano keys was a thing of the past, I hadn’t made the connection between ivory and musical instruments…. thanks Ivory Free Ohio and Christina LaMonica for this well-written and painful letter.  

Susanita DeLima: Well done Christina. We need to keep pushing all we can until people understands this about murdering Elephants and Rhinos. Thank you so much and may God bless you always.

Charles Zigmund: Thanks Christina for doing this. The elephants need all the help they can get and it is awful for a painist to prize a slight difference in sonority over the life of a a sentient member of an endangered speicies. I think I know where those great keyboard players Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Fats Waller, Art Tatum, Earl Hines and so many others would have stood on this issue.

Candy Parker: I love music. And I do not blame musicians because this, most likely, does not come to their minds. Your making them aware is nothing but courageous. Thanks.

Bonnie Sanford: This law needs to be passed in Ohio and every state in America. Did you know that the U.S.A. is the second largest country in the world to import ivory? One state at a time needs to stop the import of ivory and stop this senseless killing.

Cristina Oliva: Enact Legislation Outlawing Ivory and Rhino Horn in the State of Ohio!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tona Braddock: These loopholes need to be closed. Ohio needs to wake up as the trade in ivory and rhino horn supports terror groups.

Marjory Kephart: I am signing this petition to ask Ohio Governor, John Kasich, the Senate and the General Assembly, to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and internet sale ad distribution of raw and worked ivory from elephants’ tusks and rhinoceros horn products in the State of Ohio. Let’s show the world that saving elephants and rhinos from extinction is a bipartisan effort. Thank you for your consideration and efforts on their behalf.

Ken Qualter: As a musician myself I support the total ban of ivory. Ivory was once used to make the bridge and nut on guitars. Other materials have been substituted without sacrificing the tonal qualities of the instrument. To not support this total ban is irresponsible.

Gail Chase: Keep up the fight to ban the sale of ivory. Elephants and rhinos are being murdered every day! This is despicable and needs to end NOW!

Marytheresa Martini: keep up the great work monica i keep sharing your post to get more signatures.we have to save all our endangered animals

Katie Pratt: keep up the great work!

Barbara Vargas
Yes, lets do all we can to save these wonderful animals

Brenda Artz: Thank you Christina for being the animals voice!

Gloria Conner Bray: Thank you, Christina. You will prevent much suffering.

Shoshana Matusak: My heartfelt thanks for your ongoing efforts and hard work to help end the slaughter of these majestic animals.

Lourdes Mannise: Great speech Christina!!!!!

Tacie Anderson: Thank you, Christina for inspiring each and every one of us at the march on Saturday. Well done!

Nanci Cox-Shirley: Thank you Christina, we need to start this in every state. I am sure you are aware of the British man that made it his personal quest to find out just where the poachers are, tracing this valued information to the King Pin of this horrible trade in Sudan. If you have not seen this documentary please do so. I do believe that we are on the right track in seeing that each state will not allow the purchase or sale of any Ivory.
Thank you again.

Carolina Oliveros: Rhinos and elephants are been killed everyday. Please never buy items made of ivory and and rhino horn.

Vani Valluri: You are doing a wonderful job. It is time people spoke up for these huge animals. They are huge in size but really helpless in the hands of greedy humans. I am happy you have taken up this cause.
Ahni Atkins: Elephants hold the highest level of consciousness of any land animal on the planet and at this time in history we need their presence more than ever. Their energy, love and unique qualities enrich our lives and there is so much they can teach us. It has been estimated that approximately 30,000 elephants are killed each year! They are at times shot and the ivory is cut out while they are still alive. In some instances water sources are poisoned and vastly more species of animals and birds are destroyed due of the greed over the ivory. When one considers an elephant is pregnant for 22 months, almost 2 years, their extinction is inevitable, unless we act. Consider what the world would be like if there were no elephants at all and they were only a part of history? What a terrible legacy to leave our children and grandchildren. The extinction of elephants would diminish the quality of life for all of us. There is nothing that justifies the possible extinction of an entire species of animals– particularly one as extraordinary as the elephants. Please speak out before it is too late. Please speak out against the poaching of animals for ivory and financial gain and speak out against the import of ivory in America and all nations! We can reverse this terrible trend if we each speak up.

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