Help Save Elephants
Help Save Elephants
Join the Herd
Working to save highly endangered species here in Rhode Island and across the globe is a major focus in our conservation work. Last year, we signed on in support of 96 Elephants, a worldwide campaign started by the Wildlife Conservation Society to help raise public awareness of the increased rate of African elephant poaching.
In 1980 there were 1.2 million elephants in Africa. By 2012, only 420,000 remained. If allowed to continue at its current rate of 96 elephants killed every day, the world will see the end of this magnificent species in our children’s lifetime. Equally critical is the rate of killing rhinoceros for their horns.
The fact is, sales of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn bring millions of dollars to the criminals who ruthlessly harvest them.
Though there are federal laws restricting import, export and interstate sale of ivory, this has not been enough to stop the killing. Several states have passed laws to ban the sale of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, and products made from those animal parts.
How you can help
A bill introduced in the 2015 Rhode Island legislative session generated valuable discussion. Some individuals were concerned about the impact this bill might have on museums and antique dealers. Because ownership of these items is not outlawed, only their sale, and because whale ivory is not included in this bill, this legislation would have minimal affect in these areas. By significantly reducing the market for these products, we can begin to eliminate the monetary value of the ivory and horns on living creatures. That is what will ultimately save them from certain extinction.
As a part of our commitment to the 96 Elephants campaign we ask for your help now in getting the message to our legislators that we all care about this issue and want a bill passed in 2016 banning the sale of ivory in the state of Rhode Island.
Please add your name to the petition for a Rhode Island Ivory Bill today.