Ivory Free Ohio

“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 Johnston Photography, New York City.

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

Giants Club: African leaders to gather in Kenya to tackle elephant poaching crisis

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In the past three years, poachers have killed 100,000 elephants in Africa for illegal ivory markets AFP/Getty Images

By Alex Dymoke
February 26, 2016 / The Independent

The President of Kenya is to host a historic gathering of African leaders in April to address the elephant-poaching crisis in the first meeting of the Giants Club, the wildlife-protection initiative backed by The Independent.

It will be followed by the burning of a vast 120 tonne stockpile of ivory, much of it seized by the Kenyan state from poaching gangs, to show the government’s zero tolerance to the illegal wildlife trade. The blaze will be eight times larger than any ivory stockpile previously destroyed before.
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We beat the ivory trade once. Now we must beat it once and for all.

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By Uhuru Kenyatta; President of Kenya
February 26, 2016/ The Independent

I am delighted to host the inaugural Giants Club Summit in Kenya at the end of April. Alongside other African heads of state, we will use this opportunity to underline the global intent to put an end, once again, to the butchering of elephants and rhinos by selfish criminal gangs.

I say once again because we have done it before. In 1990, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) banned the international ivory trade after a decade in which the population of African elephants halved from 1.3 million to 600,000 animals. Continue reading

Families can save Elephants and Rhinos

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This drawing is one of thousands created by schoolchildren asking elected leaders to save Elephants and vote for an ivory ban. -Huffington Post

In 2014, The Toledo Zoo encouraged children to paint photos of Elephants showing their support for conservation, and Ivory Free Ohio is asking you to do the same.  We need to educate the younger generations and make sure that Elephants and Rhinos have a bright future for years to come. Here is how you and your family can help save these iconic, keystone species from extinction:

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Public Service Announcements

Education is Everything!

By Creative Conservationist and NatGeo Explorer; Asher Jay

Featuring;  WildAid, AWF, and NatGeo Explorer; Asher Jay.

“No Hype” NBA Cares – WildAid and African Wildlife Foundation.

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