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Stop the elephant slaughter

Stop the elephant slaughter

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Across Africa, elephants are being slaughtered by poachers in record numbers -- and their tusks hacked off with chainsaws -- to make luxury items, statues and trinkets in Asia. But in days, Thailand will host a key global summit on illegal trade in endangered species, giving us a rare chance to stop this futile massacre.

It is shocking that Thailand -- the host of this crucial summit -- is also the world’s largest unregulated ivory market and a top driver of the illegal trade. They’ve been in the hot seat for years, yet so far little has been done to clamp down on the bloody trade. That's why we started a global petition on the Avaaz site, because pressure is building for Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to act before the summit begins.

PM Shinawatra has just announced that she will "consider" ending the trade altogether, giving us the best chance we've had in years to score a rare victory -- we just need to put people power behind it! Join me now to stop the bloody ivory trade -- sign the urgent petition and share it with everyone.

- Leonardo DiCaprio

Posted February 24, 2013
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