Support restoration of Appendix I protection to African elephants.

Condemn Zimbabwe’s live elephant captures & exports.

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Elephant populations in Zimbabwe are being decimated by poachers and a corrupt government, which refuses to implement conservation mandates set by CITES. Beyond continuous poaching, currently, dozens of elephant calves are being kidnapped from their wild herds to sell to zoos in China and other countries. These calves will end up in horrible conditions, tortured to perform tricks, and deprived of the social interaction with other elephants that they need to thrive. In order to stop these captures and other actions that threaten the survival of African elephants, we are petitioning the Obama administration to condemn these captures and support the placement of all African elephants under the protections of Appendix I of CITES at the 2016 17th Conference of the Parties in South Africa.

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Sign the petition and help rescue these baby elephants.

“The female calf in this image looks thin. By her posture—ears spread and lifted, jaw line raised, trunk extended—she is clearly frightened.”
Joyce Poole
Photo courtesy of Elephants DC

“This wet, muddy enclosure holds at least five calves. The calf with the flop ear appears to be a female and has a pinched face.”
Joyce Poole
Photo courtesy of Elephants DC

“This young elephant, separated from its mother in Hwange National Park, is one of scores being held there in prison-like conditions.”
Joyce Poole
Photo courtesy of Elephants DC

“The calf to the left has a pinched, sunken face, with the cheek bone prominent and sunken temporal lobe and jaw line.”
Joyce Poole
Photo courtesy of Elephants DC

“This female calf is apprehensive, as seen by her raised and extended ears and the way her trunk is curved back toward her body.”
Joyce Poole
Photo courtesy of Elephants DC

“A few young elephants seem to be confined together in these enclosures. The elephant in the foreground is alarmed.”
Joyce Poole
Photo courtesy of Elephants DC

Time is Running Out

Deadline for 100,000 petition signatures is April 19. 2015

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