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There’s Ivory in Paradise

HAWAII LEGISLATURE CONSIDERS BANNING ALL IVORY SALES!

Did you know Hawaii is the second largest seller of ivory in the U.S.? Let’s make Hawaii a true paradise, where all ivory sales are outlawed!

Take a moment to read THIS LETTER from WildlifeDirect. Then send your own (using the sample below) to the following emails:

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Dear Sir/Madam,

RE: PLEASE SUPPORT EW HB2183 and SB2024 to prohibit any person to import, sell, offer for sell or possess with intent to sell any ivory product in Hawaii.

I am writing to you to ask for help. There is a global crisis surrounding the illegal ivory trade. The elephant, a keystone species vital to Africa, is on the verge of extinction. Terrorists organizations are profiting from the ivory trade, using the funds from the ivory to cover the expenses of their operations. Rangers risk their lives fighting poachers. We need to crush the demand for ivory and the illegal trade of ivory if we are to secure the future of elephants, creating a safe & stable future for African communities. I request that Hawaii, as the 2nd largest retailer of ivory in the USA, agrees to ban the ivory trade. Hawaii can play a key role in the survival of elephants and ending the bloody massacre of elephant families for the ivory trade by setting a bold and courageous example to the rest of the developed world. This letter is to ask you to please Support HB2183 and SB2024.

Sincerely

[YOUR NAME & COUNTRY OF RESIDENCE HERE]

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Gather the Herd & Walk Together

To date there are about 600,000 elephants left in Africa…In 2012, 30,000 were killed for their ivory…That means every three hours an elephant is killed…Ivory sells at over USD $1,000 per pound on the black market…African Elephants face extinction by 2025

IT’S TIME TO KILL THE TRADE THAT KILLS THE ELEPHANT AND MARCH FOR CHANGE!

We are marching in Houston this October 4 in solidarity with the International March for Elephants sponsored by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation and iWorry Campaign. The march will raise awareness about poaching. At the end of the march, we will present a letter to local government asking for stricter enforcement for illegal wildlife trade.

As we prepare for the peaceful march in October, there are two ways YOU can help support us!

1. SPREAD THE WORD - we are hoping to have between 800-1000 people at our march. This represents the size elephant herds used to be. Today, there is only one left at this size, found in Chad. If you are in Houston, or have friends in Texas or nearby states, please tell them about this event! CLICK HERE to rsvp for the event, or to share it with others. If you are looking for a march near your city, visit www.iworry.org or request information for other support marches here.

2. SUPPORT THE WORK - We need to apply for city permits, print flyers, create and print banners, t-shirts and more. This all requires capitol. Please donate $1, $5, $10 or more to our march. Anything we raise above and beyond our needs, will be donated directly to The David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation in Kenya, the organizer for this world-wide peaceful march for elephants. If you can donate today, CLICK HERE to access our secure giving page.

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JOIN THE HERD — SUPPORT THE MARCH

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ACTION ALERTS

Do you ever wonder if signing letters and sending tweets really makes a difference? Well, last week CNN’s polls shows that YOUR VOICE MATTERS! Illegal Wildlife Trade is now going to be a no.2 issue covered by this world-wide news source. That’s huge! Here are two more ways to get involved this week and have your voice heard for the elephants:

1. Join the Wildlife Conservation Society and send a note to your legislature asking them to NOT cut funding on programs designed to protect elephants and other wildlife. Click on this link or the picture below to send your note today! WCS_Facebook_Share_May_16c

2. Call/Tweet/Email President Obama as he prepares for his 8 day trip to Africa later this month and ask him to address the issue of poaching. Poaching is directly linked to terrorism, funds militia groups like Kony’s Child Soldiers contributing to political instability in Africa. Poaching affects people, with hundreds of people dying each year either as rangers protecting wildlife, innocent civilians caught in the middle of gunfire, or poachers themselves in bush-battles. It’s a serious issue that needs to be addressed (as Hilary Clinton and John Kerry have already noted).

E-Mail your comments: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments
Leave a phone message with comments: 202-456-1111
Tweet your comments: @BarackObama Please talk poaching/and wild life trafficking when you visit Africa. Elephants & Rhinos are being decimated!#rhino#elephant

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