Petition By: Cameren Cooper
Animal poaching is at an all-time high according to a 2016 study amongst elephants. Twenty-thousand elephants were killed in 2015 for their ivory tusks. A single elephant is murdered every fifteen minutes. In Kenya alone, seven hundred and thirty elephants are killed annually. This is about two elephants each day. This is a serious issue that needs to be resolved. Many organizations have tried to resolve the problem but we need someone that everyone will listen to.
Elephants are on the road to extinction and are expected to be extinct by the year 2025. The ivory that is illegally poached in these countries is then sold to others such as China. Since there is a “large” number of elephants in the export countries, it is easy to make a lot of money in a short amount of time. The ivory trade has been helping these countries for some time now, but it has recently been deemed illegal. There are groups, despite the demand, who are trying to stop poaching from happening, period.
One prime example is the International Anti-Poaching Foundation which is a non-profit organization that is trying to stop illegal poaching of all animals, including elephants. Since it was founded in 2009, members have talked to many communities about the dangers of poaching and how to stop it. Hopefully poaching will cease and the elephant population will grow, but elephants are not the only animals affected by illegal poaching.