Elephants are being slaughtered at a rate we haven't seen in decades. Reports indicate that tens of thousands of elephants were killed in 2012.
Right now, world conservation leaders are gathered at CITES – and it's imperative they take steps to stem the tide of slaughter. CITES must develop a plan to enforce laws that already exist to protect elephants.
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Crack down on elephant murders
Dear Decision Makers:
As a supporter of the Wildlife Conservation Society, I implore you to address the dire plight of elephants at the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES. CITES data show that 2011 was the worst year for both African elephant slaughter as well as large ivory seizures since record keeping began, and that 2012 was just as bad. Please push for a review of the law enforcement gaps at all points in the ivory trade chain, followed by increased law enforcement in elephant range states and consumer states.