Despite all that law enforcement does, criminals continue to profit off of ivory. We’re not crying out loud enough to stop it.
For Africa’s elephants,
time is running out.
Since the launch of the 96 Elephants campaign in late 2013, great strides have been made on behalf of African elephants.
On June 2, the Obama Administration announced a federal ban on the sale of ivory in the United States. Key states like New York, New Jersey, Washington, California, and Hawaii have passed ivory bans.
Globally, momentum is also growing. Countries such as Kenya, the Republic of Congo, and Mozambique have made powerful statements against the illegal ivory trade by publicly burning their confiscated ivory.
In October 2016, the CITES Conference of the Parties, a treaty meeting of 182 governments, was held. Member countries adopted a resolution recommending the closure of domestic ivory markets around the world.
In late 2015, WCS conservationists and others found 15 dead elephants while on a research expedition in Mozambique. All had been recently killed for their ivory.
These animals are far from alone. Despite the public outcry, poaching and trafficking operations continue to grow in scale and sophistication, terrorizing and threatening not just wildlife but local people, too. Roughly 100 wildlife rangers have been killed by commercial poachers and armed militia groups each year over the last decade.
The Multinational Species Conservation Funds are key bipartisan conservation programs administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Over the years, they have helped protect some of the world’s most endangered species, including African elephants. But they could disappear. Tell your legislators to reauthorize the funds today.