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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

May 27, 2018 Susan Mazza
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 LISA MCLEOD
May 27, 2018 claudia citton
May 27, 2018 Diana Palmer Baby elephants are not objects. They desperately need their mothers and vice versa. Can the Chinese get any worse with animals? So very cruel
May 27, 2018 Dalana Duncan
May 27, 2018 Judith Mumbauer
May 27, 2018 Rosemary Lojo
May 27, 2018 Julia Moore
May 27, 2018 Maryann Malanaphy
May 27, 2018 Madalina Viziteu
May 27, 2018 Donalyn Gross SHAME on the human race!!!
May 27, 2018 Michelle Stewart
May 27, 2018 Melinda Matheus
May 27, 2018 Anna Ott
May 27, 2018 kliontia-kalia konstantinou
May 27, 2018 Sylvia ZERBIB
May 27, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 27, 2018 mildred BROCKWELL
May 27, 2018 Roberta Norris
May 27, 2018 irina antoshkina
May 27, 2018 Bernie Doherty You are the filt of the Earth who send them to that EVIL BARBARIC country CHINA
May 27, 2018 rosemary Carlucci
May 27, 2018 Andrea Bassett
May 27, 2018 Pat Brzycki
May 27, 2018 Charity Thayn
May 26, 2018 Reina Alonso STOP ANIMAL CRUELTY
May 26, 2018 Lynne Hynes
May 26, 2018 Dorothy Walker
May 26, 2018 Deborah Foster
May 25, 2018 Jessie Osborne
May 25, 2018 Pam Richards
May 25, 2018 Terri Hughes
May 25, 2018 Jenelle Back -Sercombe
May 25, 2018 virginie van mons
May 25, 2018 Robert Rauh
May 25, 2018 Traci Farden
May 25, 2018 alan harper
May 25, 2018 Carol dibbens
May 25, 2018 Leigh Ashman
May 25, 2018 Angela Belzner
May 25, 2018 Sandra Albarino Just awful
May 25, 2018 ingrid kozaczek
May 24, 2018 JUDITH CSANKY
May 24, 2018 Helga Preinesberger
May 24, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 24, 2018 Dorothy McElwain These babies need to be with their mothers. Shame on your disgusting Greedy ways. God is watching.!
May 24, 2018 Christy Smead
May 24, 2018 Carey Sutton

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