Hundreds of thousands of people are calling for a total ban on the sale of elephant ivory in Canada. Yet the government has not responded. A petition that now has over 310,000 signatures, was first sent to the federal government nearly a year ago.
It was launched by Elephanatics, a Vancouver-based elephant advocacy organization, which sent the petition and a letter to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in March 2018. But the ministry has yet to answer the letter or even acknowledge the petition which was one of the biggest Canadian petitions of 2018 on Change.org.
The letter was endorsed by 95 national and international scientists, conservationists and animal welfare organizations, including SPCA, Jane Goodall Institute, Born Free and Wildlife At Risk International.
Elephanatics believes a domestic ivory ban is more important than ever. A staggering 20,000 African elephants are killed each year. Scientists anticipate they will be extinct in the wild within 20 years if illegal poaching isn’t controlled. With the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Flora and Fauna (CITES) approaching in May, the need for an answer is imperative.
“We are perplexed as to why we haven’t received an official response,” said Fran Duthie, president of Elephanatics. “We believe that the war on poaching cannot be won until all domestic elephant ivory markets are closed. 71% of Canadians believe it’s already illegal to buy or sell elephant ivory in Canada. This is a moral obligation to save a keystone species and an opportunity for the Canadian government to play a key leadership role in global conservation.”
Elephant poaching is a global problem that requires bold action by countries around the world. Both CITES and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have asked all countries to ban their internal domestic trade of ivory to save elephants. Canada was one of only four countries to vote against this at the last IUCN conference.
Kate Brooks, director of documentary film The Last Animals,states, “It’s absolutely imperative that every country on the planet enact legislation to combat the global wildlife trafficking crisis and stop stimulating demand for ivory by continuing to trade. I hope Canada will join the countries that are standing up for elephants and the rangers who put their lives on the line trying to protect them.”
Several US states, France, China, Philippines and the United Kingdom have banned the sale of ivory within their borders. The Netherlands will close their raw ivory market in 2019; Taiwan will ban its ivory trade by 2020; Hong Kong will follow in 2021; and Singapore is considering the most stringent ban to date.
With the upcoming CITES conference in Sri Lanka in May, Canada has an opportunity to join other countries leading the fight to save elephants from extinction by enacting a legislative ban on the sale of elephant ivory within Canada.
“It’s time for Canadians to take a stand against the elephant ivory trade by banning the domestic trade in Canada,” says Patricia Sims, founder of World Elephant Day.“Canada needs to join the other countries that have already enacted domestic elephant ivory bans and to put political pressure on government at all levels for legislation to stop this senseless buying and selling of elephant ivory within our borders.”
In order to continue to pressure the government into action, Elephanatics and Global March for Elephants & Rhinos – Toronto, are launching an online campaign that will allow members of the public to automatically send an email to their Members of Parliament. With over 310,000signatures, it is clear that the public no longer supports Canada’s current position on ivory legislation.
A staggering 20,000 African elephants are poached each year. Scientists anticipate they could be extinct in the wild within 20 years if illegal poaching isn’t controlled.
This is a global problem that requires bold action by countries around the world. Delegates from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have asked all countries to ban their internal, domestic trade of ivory to save elephants. In the past Canada was 1 of only 4 countries to vote against this.
Countries that have implemented or scheduled an ivory ban include the several US states, China, France, UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Now it’s time for Canada to stand up for elephants.
Add your name below and a pre-written email will be automatically sent to your Members of Parliament. Your address is only needed to determine your local MPs. Please ask your MP today to protect the future of elephants with an #ivoryfreecanada.
With another year behind us, we are richer because of you.
We would like to thank all of you who have played an integral part in Elephanatics’ success throughout the year. To those of you who continue to inspire us to push forward against the unconscionable acts perpetrated against elephants, we are only as good as the people who further our efforts and help us attain our ultimate goal of ending the poaching crisis and unethical treatment of all elephants.
I would personally like to thank our Directors, Tessa Vanderkop and Leanne Fogarty, for their relentless spirit and drive, our Advisors for their optimism, encouragement and wisdom, and our Volunteers who have been the backbone to our every success. We are forever in your deepest debt and gratitude.
I would also like to thank the many outstanding elephant organizations that have achieved great strides in poaching prevention through varied technological techniques and organizations in Asia who have focused on a more ethical standard of tourism camps for elephants. We admire your strength, commitment and dedication to ending these crises. And, to the rangers who risk their lives daily to protect their heritage, we acknowledge you as the true heroes in this war.
Just recently, the UK passed the toughest legislation to date with a near-total ban on the trade in ivory. This monumental action will make law enforcement less complicated while making it easier to reduce demand for ivory amongst consumers. Through collaborations and concerted efforts we are making an impact, even though at times they appear thwarted by events taking place on a daily basis around the world that harm elephants.
Our need to be vigilant and stay the course has never been more imperative. Let’s continue on this trajectory of optimism and aim to close further domestic ivory markets in 2019 around the world to include Canada!
Please enjoy some of Elephanatics grand impressions and accomplishments during the year at our events and classroom presentations by clicking on the link below.
We wish you all a Magical and Merry season filled with hope for the future and good health, above all else.
Fran Duthie / President
A powerful documentary about extraordinary people who go to incredible lengths to save elephants & rhinos now available on Netflix in Canada on December 24th @Netflix_CA
The Last Animals is a story about an extraordinary group of people who go to all lengths to save the planet’s last animals. The documentary follows the conservationists, scientists and activists battling poachers and criminal networks to protect elephants and rhinos. From Africa’s front lines to behind the scenes of Asian markets, the film takes an intense look at the global response to this slaughter and the desperate measures to genetically rescue the Northern White rhinos who are on the edge of extinction.
Kate Brooks is a world-renowned photographer who has chronicled conflict and human rights issues for nearly two decades. She first began working as a photographer in Russia while documenting child abuse in state orphanages. The resulting photographs were published worldwide and used by the Human Rights Watch to campaign for orphans’ rights.
Kate then proceeded to dedicate herself to covering the post 9/11 decade through to the beginning of the Arab Spring; she is widely known for her extensive work across the Middle East and in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Kate’s photographs are regularly published in magazines, such as TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and Smithsonian. She also exhibits her work in museums and galleries across the globe.
In 2010 Kate was as a contributing cinematographer on the multiple award-winning documentary The Boxing Girls of Kabul. Her introspective collection of essays and photos In the Light of Darkness: A Photographer’s Journey After 9/11 was selected by PDN as one of 2011’s best photography books. Kate was then awarded a 2012-13 Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan. There she began researching wildlife trafficking and the pan African poaching epidemic for the documentary film The Last Animals. Kate’s drive and passion for this project comes from the fundamental belief that time is running out and that we are at a critical moment in natural history.
If you haven’t seen this remarkable film yet, please download for purchase through iTunes or rent for your convenience.
This weekend Elephanatics will be Christmas gift wrapping by donation at the gigantic Knights’ Christmas Market. Over 100 vendors, live music, a bistro, raffles, 50/50 draws, baked goods, book fair, handmade artisans and brimming cups of Christmas cheer! 100% of net proceeds go to rescuing a tourism elephant in Thailand and taking her to sanctuary. Huge thanks to our sponsors – Eddie’s Hang-Up Display Ltd. and STMC Knights Christmas Market.
If you can help volunteer or share this message – thank you!
Contact Leanne Fogary at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to donate your time to this worthy cause.
Elephants Like to party Too, a fundraiser for Mara Elephant Project in Kenya
What a huge success! Last night’s “Elephants Like to Party Too!” Pub Night raised $6,000 for the Mara Elephant Project! We didn’t dream of raising that amount so thank you. Our volunteers were amazing – thank you to Carol-Ann, Brian, Lorne, Eva, Chelsey, Linda, Lauren, Stacy, Janice, Susan and Emmalee. Thanks also to our silent auction sponsors – LUSH Cosmetics Vancouver – West 4th Avenue, Garry Ho, White Spot Restaurants in Grandview Heights, Carol-Ann & Brian, Mehndi & More Body Art, Dave & Tessa, Elephant Garden Creamery, Susan, Twin Sails Brewing, Fran & Lorne Duthie, Library Square Public House, ECM Espresso Coffee Machines Co., FlyOver Canada and Ziptrek Ecotours Inc. Our appreciation also goes out to Sam and his crew at Library Square Public House for being the ultimate hosts.