Elephants DC Founder on combating the ivory trade

Elephants DC Founder; Jen Samuel, discusses China’s ban on ivory and how online auction sites provide a cover for the trafficking of illegal ivory here in the United States and around the world.

In Banning Ivory Trade, China Saw Benefits for Itself, Too

Confiscated ivory in Zhuhai, China, last year. The ban reinforced President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corrupt officials, who frequently use ivory products as bribes. Credit Imaginechina, via Associated Press

BEIJING — China’s vow to shut down its commercial ivory trade by the end of this year was welcomed by environmentalists as a turning point in the fight against poachers. Activists cheered the government’s pledge for swift action, and the state-run news media called it a “monumental win for Elephants.”

But in making the decision, announced on Friday, to bring the world’s largest ivory market to a halt, the Chinese government also saw benefits for itself. The ban reinforced President Xi Jinping’s campaign against corrupt officials, who have been known to use ivory products as bribes.

It galvanized support among African allies, which have long pressed Beijing to help curb poaching, as China looks to expand its influence on the continent.

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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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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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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.