Petition to Ban Ivory and Rhino Horn Products in Ohio
The purpose of this petition is to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and Internet sale and distribution of raw and worked ivory and Rhinoceros horn products in the state of Ohio.
In 2014, President Barack Obama issued an executive order banning ivory, but the United States is still the largest consumer behind China as the order fails to include the import, in-state, Internet, and diplomatic immunity loopholes.
With 96 Elephants killed daily for their tusks and 1200 Rhino killed annually in South Africa alone, it is predicted that both of these keystone species will become extinct within our lifetime.
To understand the brutality of the killing, one must be aware of the methods – AK47's, poisoned watermelons, cyanide dumped in watering holes (thereby killing entire ecosystems in the process), hacking off tusks or horns while the animal is still alive, paralysis darts so the species cannot move yet is fully cognizant of machetes slicing into its skulls, and poisoned darts leading to weeks and weeks of extreme suffering before a long, unspeakable death.
Elephants and Rhinos are "keystone species", meaning they are a species upon which many others depend on and whose disappearance initiates significant changes in an ecosystem. This is also known as a "trophic cascade" because of the cascading effect that a change in the size of one population at the top of a food web has on the populations below it.
I ask you to join me in pushing Ohio Governor; John Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to enact legislation banning the import, in-state, and Internet sale and distribution of raw and worked ivory and Rhinoceros horn in the State of Ohio.
Let's show the world that saving Elephants and Rhinos is a bipartisan effort.
Christina LaMonica, Founder #ivoryfreeOhio
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