Recent years have seen some promising movement for elephants. For the past three years, people have marched for elephants in cities around the world. In New Jersey, bipartisan leadership secured the nation’s first comprehensive ivory sales ban, championed by Senator Raymond Lesniak; authored by Assemblyman Raj Mukerhji; and signed into law by Governor Chris Christie in 2014.
At the dawn of 2016, we have entered a critical year for the elephant. Elephants in many, many areas in Africa are being killed faster than they procreate. This is a prediction of extinction. We must secure international support and leadership to defend the right to exist of elephants on this planet — not tomorrow, but now.
This October, when the international community meets in South Africa at the CITES Convention to sign a new trade agreement, it must be one that restores all endangered species to Appendix I standing, including the…
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