Hours to save the elephants

To the CITES representatives of Europe and the US and all members of the Standing Committee:

As citizens concerned that African elephants may be extinct by 2030, we call on you to fulfill your responsibility to protect them by sanctioning Thailand for failing to stop its illegal ivory trade. With one tenth of the population being killed each year, there is no time to lose; our elephants need champions today. The future of this magnificent species is in your hands this week -- act now.
 
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Poachers just shot one of the world’s largest elephants, Satao, then hacked his 100 pound tusks out of his face with a machete. At the current rate of killing, elephants may be extinct in 15 years, but this week if we act now we have an amazing chance to crack down on the illegal trade that fuels the slaughter.

Each day, 50 regal elephants are butchered just to make dinky ivory trinkets! The main culprit for this carnage is Thailand -- the fastest growing market for unregulated ivory. And tomorrow the international body created to protect endangered species has a chance to sanction Thailand until it cracks down on the elephant killers. Experts fear Thai leaders are mounting a propaganda campaign to dodge penalties, but it just takes the US and Europe to ignore their noise and spearhead action to end the slaughter.

Let's give the US, and key European delegates, the global call they need to tune out Thailand and bravely lead the world to save the elephants. A final decision could be made tomorrow, so we have no time to lose -- sign the petition now.

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