From Environmental Action – http://www.environmental-action.org/
On September 11, 2014, legislation was introduced in the United States Congress to impose trade sanctions on countries involved in ivory trafficing. Tell the House Natural Resource Committee to pass the TUSKER ACT to save elephants and ban illegal ivory trade.
Elephants are on the brink of extinction. The ivory trade drives cruel hunters to slaughter elephants by the hundreds. Killing older elephants for their tusks rips apart their complex families, called herds, and leaves orphaned calves to starve. Approximately 30,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks.
Consumers purchase jewelry, trinkets and chess sets/pieces made from ivory taken from tusks. While the trade of ivory has been illegal since 1989, the growing demand of elephant ivory is exceeding the supply and making a mockery of the international ban.
In addition to killing elephants, poaching contributes between $7 and $10 billion a year to organized crime and terrorist organizations, according to the White House National Council. To address this situation, legislation was introduced in the U.S. Congress to impose trade sanctions on countries involved in ivory trafficing on September 11, 2014. But we need to act fast or the illegal ivory trade will soon cause the extinction of the African elephant.
To stop the surge in elephant poaching, we must impose stricter consequences for the trade of ivory. Tell Congress and the members of the Congressional Natural Resources to pass the Tusker Act which will impose trade sanctions on countries involved in ivory trafficking.