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Will we be the generation that allows elephants to become extinct?
A shocking 96 African elephants are killed every day for their ivory. That is 36,000 elephants a year. At this rate, African elephants could be extinct in the wild in only 8 years.
Ivory is so valuable on the black market that organized terrorism syndicates such as the Lord’s Resistance Army are now committing mass slaughter using helicopters, night-vision goggles and AK-47 rifles. In 1980 Africa had more than 1.3 million elephants – today it has approximately 415,000. In less than 40 years, 70% of elephants have disappeared.
In 1989, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) made it illegal to sell elephant ivory internationally. But each country makes its own laws regarding the sale of ivory within their borders. When domestic trade is allowed, it permits illegal ivory (poached after 1989) to be sold along with legal ivory because it is difficult to differentiate between old and new ivory without extensive and costly testing. We feel the implementation of new regulations and laws to help further curb the illegal trade in Canada is necessary, as outlined in Solicitor General, Mike Farnworth’s private member’s bill, M234 – Banning the Sale of Ivory and Rhinoceros Horns Act, 2016. We believe that legislation can be crafted to protect both the African elephant and the indigenous trade of narwhal and walrus in our country. The only way to protect elephants from extinction is to ban ALL ivory trade.
At the IUCN World Conservation Congress in August 2016, Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to oppose the closure of domestic ivory markets across the globe. Two months later at the CITES conference, Canada voted against placing all elephants in Appendix I – the highest protection level to help prevent extinction. Sadly, the higher protection was not granted.
The US – the 2nd largest importer of ivory – banned practically all domestic ivory trade in June 2016. In December 2016, China announced the shut down of its domestic ivory trade by the end of 2017. If China, the largest consumer of ivory in the world, can stop its domestic trade, why can’t Canada?
We ask the government of Canada to make the import and domestic trade of all elephant ivory illegal. We also request that Canada votes to move all elephants from all range countries to Appendix I at every future opportunity.
Let’s make Canada emerge as one of the many countries who are changing their policies to benefit the survival of the African elephant and rhino.