ABSOLUTELY NO "LEGAL" IVORY SALES!
Daphne Sheldrick writes:
"With the illegal ivory priced as it is today, driven by the demand in the Far East (particularly China), saving the African elephant is now the responsibility of the international community through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). It is beyond the capability of the elephant range states to control the poaching driven by this demand.
The sale of all ivory, be it legal or illegal, must be banned totally
with those countries that destroy (burn) their ivory stockpiles compensated, and those that don't, punished.
The elephant is an iconic species sharing with us humans many of the same emotions -- the same sense of family and the same sense of death. To kill such an animal for a trinket made from its tooth is an abomination that should be punished severely, particularly in this, the 21st century, when humankind should have at least understood that all species benefit the Earth as a whole and that the Earth does not exist solely for us humans, but is home to many other species who have evolved along with it, and are necessary to its well-being.
People must persuade political representatives who will be making such decisions at CITES to vote to save the elephants rather than being influenced by trade."
~Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick in a recent online newspiece August 2012.~
(Source: The Daily Nightly )
The Ecologist: November 8th 2012
As ideas go, the notion that elephant conservation would in any way be best served by making a legal supply of ivory available was unconvincing from the very start says conservationist Mary Rice
"I find it astonishing that we're still debating any merit to legal ivory trading.http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1669938/legal_ivory_trading_severely_undermines_elephant_conservation.html
|Jabu - Botswana. Photo (c) Douglas Groves. used with permission|
Elephant Advocacy Presents: Dying for Ivory. View on YouTube here: http://youtu.be/tmtmmeDNchc
Every day 100 African Elephants die for the trade in ivory.
When the buying stops, the killing can too....
Setiap hari, 100 ekor Gajah Afrika dibunuh untuk pasaran gading gajah.
Apabila permintaan dihentikan, pembunuhan juga akan tamat
हर दिन 100 अफ्रीकी हाथी हाथीदांत में व्यापार के लिए मर जाते हैं.जब खरीद बंद हो जाता है, की हत्या भी कर सकते हैं
As Elephant Advocates there can be no more pressing issue than the rampant slaughter of wild elephants across all African Range States for their tusks. The world watches in horror; or mostly, doesn't watch at all. Every year 35,000 elephants are killed, their faces hacked off and their tusks shipped via Asian nations to (mainly) China for the Illegal Ivory market.
We must call for a total ban on the trade of Ivory, no sale of stockpiles.
|From Wild Aid|
The Environmental Investigation Agency has just released an important new report showing that the illegal trade in Ivory is flourishing unchecked and unregulated in parts of China. EIA call on the EU and UK to strip China of its "Approved Buyer" status. [read more]
On 8th November 2012 The Ecologist published an article that outlines the awful consequences of two "one off" sales to Japan and China.
CITES and Trade
CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA
As harrowing as it is for Advocates to contemplate the sale and international movement of the body parts of Elephants it is imperative that we be as fully informed as we can be to activate and advocate effectively on behalf of Elephants. [A great source of information is the new Save the Elephants project 'Elephants in Peril' you can visit their website here: http://www.elephantsinperil.org/]
CITES is the international treaty mandated with the oversight of the trade of endangered fauna and flora to ensure that the trade in specimens does not threaten the survival of the species. The treaty is ratified by 175 countries, otherwise known as 'Parties'. Understanding the basics in what CITES is, what they do and who the main players are in relation to Elephants, which countries either support trade or are opposed to trade etc. is important. [read more from ElephantVoices]
The international trade in ivory was banned in 1989 but, following a brief respite, poaching and ivory smuggling have steadily risen to the point that 2011 was declared the worst year for elephants since the ban was put in place. [source EIA] See notes below.
The Current "trade" status (as at a pre-release Appendix for 3 April 2012) at CITES for Elephants is Appendix I. Elephas maximus (Asian Elephant) and Loxodonta africana (African Elephant), with the exception of the populations of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe, which are included in Appendix II. To learn more about what the Appendices mean read the information from CITES here: The CITES Appendices.
In November 2008, China bought just over 60 tonnes of stockpiled ivory from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe at auction. EIA contend that rather than helping to 'regulate' the trade this supposed 'one-off' sale has added to the market to launder illegal Ivory.
At the Conference of Parties 15 (CoP15) in Dohar in March 2010 - Zambia and Tanzania put a proposal on the table to be able to sell their stockpiles and to downlist Elephants from Appendix I to Appendix II. They were supported by Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The proposal failed. This paper Elephants, Ivory and Trade authored by 28 scientists put the case for proper scientific basis to decision making prior to the Cop15. The report is excellent background reading as a scientific case for not allowing the sale of stockpiles or the down listing of Elephants on the Appendices.
The next meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP16) to CITES will be held in Thailand in March 2013, when the ivory trade will once more be on the agenda.
EIA reports "CITES remains the main mechanism through which illegal trade in ivory can be addressed and is central to affecting change. The closure of ‘legal’ markets would remove the incentive of many of the largest, most profitable syndicates to poach and traffic ivory, arguably constituting the most decisive, unequivocal way of protecting elephant populations around the globe." [Source]
We must do all we can to call on the Member States to impose a total ban on the trade in Ivory. To support the work of the African Elephant Coalition *countries, the Kenya Elephant Forum, ElephantVoices, EIA, IFAW and other civil bodies with the clout and knowledge to stop the trade in Ivory. Now more than ever we must provide a clear and united voice to our Governments that we stand for Elephants and call on them in their capacity as Member States (or Parties) to CITES to do all they can to to implement a total ban. The very survival of Elephants depends on the decision at the CoP 16 in Thailand in March 2013.