Ninety six elephants are killed in Africa every day. At this rate, they face extinction within 10 years. Now is the time for governments around the world to create the strictest legislation possible to fight the ivory trade, or elephants will disappear forever.
The Obama Administration issued an executive order (EO) banning ivory, but the United States remains its second largest consumer. Why? The EO is not strong enough -- it fails to close interstate commerce and distribution loopholes. And Ohio is one of the easiest states in the nation to buy and transport Ivory and rhino products. This needs to stop.
I want the state of Ohio to follow in the footsteps of New Jersey and New York and outlaw ivory and rhino horn sales.
Black Rhinos are also on the verge of extinction, due to the illegal horn trade -- more than 1000 are killed annually in South Africa alone. Without strict conservation methods, Black Rhinos and African Elephants are expected to be extinct by 2025. Do we want to live in a world where our children know these animals through pictures alone?
Poachers are often paid $20-$50 per animal. They use a chainsaw, ax or machete to hack at the downed animal's face and remove its tusk or horn. Oftentimes the animal is still alive while this is happening. All for totally ineffective medicine or an ivory trinket.
Last year, NJ became the first state in the nation to ban the import and in-state sale of rhino horn and ivory from elephants, walruses, whales and other animals. New York signed a similar law a few days later. This tough legislation should serve as an example to other states. And many are taking notice .
Your voice can help save animals that have walked the earth for thousands of years. Please join me in asking the state of Ohio to join the movement to ban the import and in-state sale of rhino horn and ivory products.