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Last year, the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force reported that a number of baby elephants aged two and five years old had been abducted from Hwange National Park. Earlier this year, twenty-four were shipped to China to perform circus-like acts for the public; 170 more are currently waiting to join them.

As justification, Zimbabwean lawmakers claim the elephants are disturbing their neighbors, eating too much food, and are a threat to the economy. To rectify these apparently horrendous crimes, the government has decided to sell the elephant calves into slavery — to live out the rest of their lives as objects of entertainment.

Each elephant is being sold by the Zimbabwean government for about $40,000 — a small price for the lives of some of the most caring sentient beings on the planet.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Secretariat has stated, "[T]he export would not be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild." However, since the forest-dwelling and savannah elephants of Africa are still classified as a single species by the IUCN — despite evidence suggesting they are genetically distinct — the statement by CITES is based in conjecture and not fact.

Tell CITES Secretary-General John E. Scanlon to retract his approval of this trade, and postpone any decision on African elephants until the IUCN has re-evaluated the species status of African elephants.

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Dear Secretary-General Scanlon,

Thank you for the important work you do with regard to the conservation of endangered species. The CITES Secretariat has proven itself integral to the continued survival of earth's animals, making it one of the most important organizations currently in operation.

However, your recent decision to allow the capture, sale, and exploitation of nearly 200 Zimbabwean elephant calves has raised significant concern among conservationists. According to the CITES report on the decision, the move will not have a significant impact on the African elephant "species."

The Secretariat presumably reached this conclusion based on the IUCN's current assessment of the African elephant's conservation status. Yet the IUCN listing for Loxodonta africana also contains a taxonomic note: "Preliminary genetic evidence suggests that there may be at least two species of African elephant... [and a] third species... has also been postulated." The IUCN claims that more research is required before re-classification of the African elephant, and therefore the current assessment includes all elephant populations in Africa.

I understand that the large population size of Zimbabwean elephants can make it difficult to see how removing a couple hundred individuals would make a significant impact. However, the second-greatest threat to Zimbabwe's elephants after poachers is the misclassification, and subsequent misinterpretation of the existential danger these animals face.

Since we do not currently know how many of each species of African elephant currently live where, it is impossible to definitively say that relocating any will not endanger the survival of one species or the other. Therefore, I insist that you withdrawal your approval of the Zimbabwe government's sale of kidnapped baby elephants.

Not only is the enslavement of these calves ethically egregious, but (as far as we know) by allowing this travesty you may be facilitating the extinction of an entire species of elephant.

Thank you.

Petition Signatures


Dec 10, 2017 Joanne Trivett Just because you believe its right,doesn't make it right. This is wrong on so many levels. I'm appalled.
Dec 10, 2017 Elizabeth Castillo
Dec 9, 2017 caroline mcconnell
Dec 8, 2017 kristin wise
Dec 7, 2017 Suzanne Rosenorn No more torturing elephants for their entire lives!
Dec 5, 2017 Krista Dana
Dec 4, 2017 Joan Ciccone This is a horrendous decision that must be reversed. Don't let these baby elephants be taken from their mothers and abused by those in the entertainment industry. We've seen too much of this. Let them live out their lives in piece.
Dec 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 3, 2017 Beverly Scott
Dec 3, 2017 Eileen Kulp
Dec 2, 2017 Donna Sciarrillo
Dec 2, 2017 Wendy Derner
Dec 2, 2017 Debra Gainey
Dec 1, 2017 ROBIN WOODWARD please retract your approval of this trade
Dec 1, 2017 Marina TONNERRE
Nov 30, 2017 LOUISE CHADBORNE
Nov 29, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 29, 2017 Anna Wilkinson
Nov 29, 2017 Janine Vinton
Nov 29, 2017 Suzanne Marienau
Nov 29, 2017 Cathy Moerer
Nov 28, 2017 Michalla Mitchell
Nov 27, 2017 Patricia C. Rohan This is a horrific development! I blame the newly adopted attitude of the Trump administration. Wildlife is not only beautiful, but each animal has its place in the eco system! These beautiful Elephants are a huge blessing if they would only be seen!
Nov 27, 2017 Susan D. Tatelman Please reverse your recent decision to allow Zimbabwe to kidnap, sell and exploit elephant calves. Also, please urge Zimbabwe to use the money they've already garnered in this enterprise to protect elephants from poachers and for other conservation means.
Nov 27, 2017 Shelly Giroski
Nov 27, 2017 Nico Dabajo
Nov 27, 2017 Linda Lombard
Nov 26, 2017 Leila Howe Baby elephants should be protected to live their lives naturally.
Nov 26, 2017 Karen Rothgeb
Nov 26, 2017 Nancy Graf Not only is the enslavement of these calves ethically egregious, but (as far as we know) by allowing this travesty you may be facilitating the extinction of an entire species of elephant.
Nov 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 23, 2017 Irene Madrid I am shaking my head at humanity right now... very small hearts with massive greed. Please learn to open your hearts for these gentle beings, and less on your selfish pettiness.
Nov 23, 2017 colette duriez
Nov 22, 2017 Kristel Soles
Nov 22, 2017 Trisha Soles
Nov 22, 2017 dolores kitney
Nov 22, 2017 Claire Staley
Nov 22, 2017 KATHLEEN MAZZIO
Nov 22, 2017 R Mathoorasingh
Nov 21, 2017 Stephanie Reed
Nov 21, 2017 Howard James
Nov 21, 2017 Stacy Anderson
Nov 21, 2017 Gail Mason Please do not let this terrible activity be a reflection of your government and your people.
Nov 20, 2017 george maharis
Nov 20, 2017 Penny Fleischman
Nov 20, 2017 Kathleen Jones Being forced into a life of entertainment is not how life should be for these beautiful elephant babies. Elephants need to be protected. Please stop this cruelty!
Nov 19, 2017 Blanca Quinones
Nov 19, 2017 Gisele PENA
Nov 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Jeanne Liander As Earthmates it's vital that we safeguard, defend and protect all species, we are all part of our only home, precious Planet Earth. Building one's deflated ego by "The Kill" are demented and need to be legally restricted.

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