In the last century, African elephants lost 96% of their population. Today, all five rhino species and both elephant species are threatened with extinction. This devastating decline is due in no small part to poaching driven by demand for ivory. Efforts are underway across the globe to save these iconic animals. It’s time for Australia to do our bit to stamp out the ivory and rhino horn trades.
We need to act now to close the loophole in Australian laws that allow elephant ivory and rhino horn to be traded domestically. As long as loopholes remain open, the demand for ivory will continue and what remains of elephant and rhino populations will be at risk.
Take action below and ask your state or territory environment minister and federal environment minister The Hon Tanya Plibersek to urgently work together and implement a ban on the domestic ivory trade in Australia.
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Humane Society International PO BOX 439 Avalon, NSW 2107
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