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

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

Be Ivory Free

By; Christina LaMonica

Christina LaMonica at the Third Annual International March for Elephants in Washington, D.C.

Ivory Free Ohio Founder; Christina LaMonica, delivers White House Speech.  Photo Courtesy; Phil McAuliffe

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.

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Senator Frank LaRose; Home Town Hero

Ivory Free Ohio

Ms. Christina LaMonica with Ohio Senator Frank LaRose (R)

Thank you Ohio State Senator Frank LaRose, (R)-District 27, for taking the initiative to enact legislation banning the interstate, intrastate, and Internet sales of all raw and worked Ivory, Rhino Horn, and Trophy Hunting Products in our State without exemptions.

Much appreciation goes out for all of your signatures, support, and encouragement. Collectively, we have received over 118,000 signatures supporting an ivory free Ohio.

 

Salute to the Eco-warrior; Jim Justus Nyamu

International March for Elephants, Washington, D.C.  Photo Credit; Christina LaMonica Imagery

International March for Elephants, Washington, D.C. Photo Credit; Christina LaMonica Imagery

By; Oyunga Pala 

I saw Facebook post of a worn out sole of a sports shoe. The page belonged to outstanding wildlife activist, Jim Justus Nyamu. The post read, “This particular pair of shoe covered 900km or so and now in the store out of race”.

Ever since he started walking to raise awareness 2 years ago, Jim Nyamu has covered over 3000 miles educating the masses on the crisis of Elephant poaching for ivory.

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