April 8, 2014
Speak Up Now to Save the Elephants
As you probably know, the elephant poaching crisis in
Africa has become increasingly severe over the past several years. We need your
help to save the elephants! Experts warn that some populations of these majestic animals could be
only a few years away from extinction if they continue to be killed at this
rate; more than 35,000 were killed in the last year alone...at a minimum! With the possibility
of such devastating consequences, why do poachers continue to hunt? It’s all
for the lucrative ivory market, which thrives in the United States.
Hawaii is home to the third largest ivory market
in the U.S., so we must reduce its demand here. Fortunately, Senator Clayton
Hee (D-23) has introduced H.B.
493 SD1, which would prohibit the sale of ivory in Hawaii. In truth, the bill is not perfect. For instance, it exempts certain antiques containing ivory. But, I believe it is the first step toward a uniform
prohibition. The bill is on its way to the Senate floor, and we need your help
to ensure that it passes! Please write to your state senator today to ask him or her to vote for this crucial legislation.
We can’t stand by silently while elephants are
driven to extinction. Now is the time to take action to save these
intelligent, remarkable gentle giants.
For the animals,
P.S. Visit our website's elephant section to learn additional ways that you can help save lives.
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