Ivory trade to be banned in UK ‘to protect elephants’

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Ivory trade to be banned in UK “to protect elephants”

 

Intelligence Community Targets Wildlife Trafficking

Intelligence Community Targets Wildlife Trafficking

“The entire world has a stake in protecting the world’s iconic animals,
and the United States is strongly committed to meeting its obligation to help preserve the Earth’s natural beauty for future generations.”

– President Barack Obama

Support Connecticut Ivory-Rhino Horn Bill HB 5788

Ivory Free Connecticut

Ivory Free Connecticut

In a letter shared among constituents, your urgent help is needed.

The proposed ivory ban bill in Connecticut-HB 5788, is scheduled for a hearing at the Environment Committee this Friday at 12:30pm. The bill would prohibit the sales of ivory of elephants, mammoth, and a few other marine mammal species and rhino horns. There are narrow exemptions for musical instruments and de minimis antique items containing less than 20 percent of ivory, similar to the exemptions in the enacted New York law. We expect continued heavy push back from antique dealers and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.

It looks like all public testimony submitted so far is in opposition to the bill, so it will be good to encourage people in favor of the bill to submit.
https://www.cga.ct.gov/asp/menu/CommDocTmyBillAllComm.asp?bill=HB-05578&doc_year=2016

The priority is to get Connecticut-based supporters to submit support testimony. Please ask your Connecticut-based friends to submit testimonies in “Support of HB 5578, Ivory/rhino horn ban bill”. Public hearing testimonies can be emailed to: envtestimony@cga.ct.gov

Please note: Out-of-state supporters are not useful and possibly detrimental UNLESS they make a link to Connecticut in some way. If you have out-of-state advocates who want to submit testimony, please be sure to ask that they provide a Connecticut angle (e.g., they do business here, they would boycott travel to Connecticut if we do not take action on the ivory ban bill, etc.).

Thank you so much for your compassionate advocacy for elephants.

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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