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DescriptionStop the sale of ivory worldwide! your voice matters!

In recent years, elephant poaching and the sale of ivory  has increased drastically. The numbers are alarming and we cannot remain silent when confronted with this mass murder. 

According to statistics, one elephant is killed for its ivory every 15 minutes around the world, and between 25,000 and 50,000 are slaughtered for their tusks every year. Meanwhile, the European Union, and other countries like Canada, still refuse to strictly ban the sale of ivory. If we do not react swiftly, this will lead to the complete extinction of elephants around the world.

Studies conducted between 1999 and 2008 have revealed that the authorization ivory sales in but one country had devastating consequences for elephants, such as an increase in poaching and ivory contraband. Moreover, 80% of all seized ivory comes from only three countries: Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

We have to remind ivory art lovers that these objects come from elephant tusks that do not grow back. Elephants are dying because of this purely venal and useless commerce.

Not only do elephants suffer atrocities, but also entire species of elephants are now endangered. Yet, we continue to turn a blind eye. This must stop! Together, we can try to change things and every voice matters.
Goal of the claim (Improve)
It’s time to take drastic measures to stop the the sale of ivory. It is imperative that the European Commission enacts a law that would ban commercial ivory sales, intra-trade and export in all of its member states. This ban must be without possible derogations for any state. The UK must sign on even if we leave the EU.

Poachers, who are usually children or adolescents, must be educated on the necessity of preserving wildlife species and on the consequences of this trade on elephant populations. We also ask for the condemnation and full dismantlement of ivory trafficking organizations. 

We must also raise awareness within the population that even small objects can contain ivory and that buying such objects is condoning the mass murder of innocent animals.