Tell CITES you're against legalizing ivory and rhino horn trade.
Beginning September 24, the 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) will meet in South Africa. That is when two critical proposals around renewing ivory and rhino horn trade will be voted on: a proposal submitted by Zimbabwe and Namibia to essentially lift the countries’ ban on ivory sales and one from Swaziland that would allow the country to renew its trade in rhino horn.
African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) strongly recommends these proposals should be rejected. Given the precipitous decline in elephant and rhino populations and ever-increasing demand for ivory and rhino horn, a sustainable balance between production and supply is not realistic.
Africa’s elephants are being killed at the rate of nearly 100 per day - and its rhino population stands at less than 25,000 across the entire continent. We cannot afford to lose anymore of these precious species.
Please stand with AWF and say no to the legalization of the ivory and rhino horn trades. Send a message to the CITES Secretariat supporting its recommendation to reject these dangerous proposals today.
Our goal is to have 30,000 people send their message of support for Africa’s elephants and rhinos by September 27th. Send your message now and ask your friends to do the same!