While in Kenya in July, President Obama announced plans to release a proposed rule that will institute a near complete ban on the commercial ivory trade in the U.S. Then, in September, President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China announced a shared commitment to end the global trade in ivory. President Xi said his country would match the U.S.'s commitment to stop any commercial trade in ivory. The U.S. and China are the two biggest consumers of ivory, which is why it is more important than ever to cement this commitment by finalizing the Administration’s proposed rule as soon as possible.
The poaching crisis has reached a critical point and unless something is done immediately to stop the ivory trade, elephants could be gone from the wild in the next few decades. Approximately 35,000 elephants are killed annually to supply the global demand for ivory. Several studies and anti-smuggling investigations have shown that illegal ivory is found in marketplaces across the U.S.
Please write a short message to the White House and thank President Obama for his announcement regarding the ivory trade and ask that the Administration finalize the rule as soon as possible.