CITES JoBurg, South Africa, September 2016

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments. Its aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. This international group of delegates meet every three years.

   

This year, 2016, they are meeting on September 24th in Johannesburg, South Africa. One of the species that they will be making a determination on is African Elephants. We are attempting to persuade the delegates of the CITES Convention to list African Elephants as HIGHLY ENDANGERED. Since CITES last met, in 2014, the African Elephant population has dropped by 25%! In only two years we have lost 100,000 elephants due to poaching.

   

The life span of an elephant is roughly the same as humans. They live well into their 80's and don't reproduce until the females are in their late teens or early 20s. They have only one calf, normally, and their gestational period is almost two years long. They reproduce extremely slow, and cannot make up the numbers lost to poaching.

   

Can you imagine our children and grandchildren growing up in a world without elephants?

   

Governments of many countries in Asia, the European Union, and even in Africa, do not want to have African elephants reclassified as "HIGHLY ENDANGERED" because they want to continue to trade in ivory, which is only obtained from the tusks of elephants. At the current rate of poaching, African Elephants will be extinct within eight years.

   

If they are designated as HIGHLY ENDANGERED, more power will be given to countries to fight poachers. Poachers would be able to be prosecuted under far harsher penalties.

CITES is a global agreement and with a HIGHLY ENDANGERED designation, elephants would be much more protected. We ask that you sign to help us convince governments that are sending delegates to the CITES Convention, that elephants need the classification of HIGHLY ENDANGERED, to help governments save the lives of elephants.

   

In July, 2016, we were invited to the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC to participate in a planning session with member country representatives from 10 of the 29 countries that make up the African Elephant Coalition. Dr. William Clark, Honarary Warden with the Kenyan Wildlife Service will be a voting delegate.

   

Dr. Clark has spent nearly 30+ years fighting to save endangered wildlife. And it is our honor to assist him in generating a LOUD message to deliver to the other delegates to vote to reclassify the African Elephant. WE must STOP the VANITY & GREED driving African Elephants to Extinction.

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