However, these actions to ban ivory sales worldwide are happening at a snail's pace, while extinction approaches like a rocket. There are still very real loopholes in the world's anti-ivory sales laws that allow criminals to smuggle ivory from recently slaughtered elephants into the open marketplace, where sellers promote the items under the guise of "antique," "art," "bone," "mammoth" - and even "jewelry."
World leaders need to step up and band together to accelerate the timeline to save elephants while they still can. We need action and honest dialogue between the top ivory consuming nations, and not more rhetoric.
Given the strong ties between the ivory trade and terrorism, banning ivory sales is a "no brainer." It's not just good for elephants - it's good for the world.
"As long as ivory is for sale, elephants will be needlessly, brutally, and selfishly killed," said Jen Samuel, president of the elephant advocacy organization Elephants DC. "Elephant extinction is imminent with elephants no longer procreating faster than their death rate. We must, we will, we shall give up our love affair to consume elephant tusks."