The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of my favorite animal protection non-profits because they spend time educating people locally about why they need to stop killing animals and help them create other ways to make a living, they are a great organization.
Now you can send a message to congress to let them know that you want to stop illegal trafficking of animals, the slaughter and selling of the illegal animals and their by-products has reached the heights of drug and human trafficking and because they are seen as ONLY animals, it has been difficult to get the international policing community to work together to stop and apprehend those who are profitting from this trade.
The fact is the United States is the world’s second-largest market for wildlife products, including elephant ivory. Once ivory has been brought into the US, it is difficult for law enforcement to determine whether it is legal or illegal. Smugglers take advantage of this system to sell poached ivory as carvings, jewelry and other trinkets.
The other day on NPR a man was discussing the lack of international policing and intelligence and said that within 10 years where he had been studying elephants in Africa that same area now has less than 1/2 of the elephant population left due to poachers. Do we really want this to continue?
The way to stop this is to make it so unpopular that people stop purchasing these animals and their products and the international policing community takes seriously finding and stopping the people doing it. In the meantime contact your congress through this petition to help strengthen the laws against trafficking. PLEASE SIGN AND FORWARD TO OTHERS:
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