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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


Nov 17, 2017 Janina Brzezina
Nov 17, 2017 Jeanette Desmond
Nov 17, 2017 Lisa Legato
Nov 17, 2017 Andrea Eisenberg
Nov 17, 2017 Lynne Goncalves
Nov 17, 2017 Josie Passarelli
Nov 17, 2017 Valentina Rossini
Nov 16, 2017 Nicole Stuart
Nov 16, 2017 Joyce Brogger
Nov 16, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Glenda Valle
Nov 16, 2017 Tammy Lyle
Nov 16, 2017 guðmundur svavarsson
Nov 16, 2017 france fayet
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Ashley Wong
Nov 16, 2017 Donna Pogue
Nov 16, 2017 Gina Arens
Nov 16, 2017 J.D. Brown
Nov 16, 2017 Tammy Hayes Discusting and heartless practice.
Nov 16, 2017 Denise Garner
Nov 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 16, 2017 Josy ROUSSEAU Stooooooop!!!!!
Nov 16, 2017 Leslie Herendeen
Nov 16, 2017 Marguerite Panzica
Nov 16, 2017 Memoree VanderHeyden
Nov 16, 2017 Tamara Christie
Nov 15, 2017 Roberta Allen
Nov 15, 2017 Angela Kleis
Nov 15, 2017 Sina Drews
Nov 15, 2017 Kelley Oconnell
Nov 14, 2017 Kaitlin McGonigle
Nov 14, 2017 Diane Hoyle
Nov 14, 2017 eva dru
Nov 13, 2017 Stephanie Marcus I don't think it matters whether or not a wild animal is not currently endangered. These animals should never be exploited for entertainment. They are generally horribly mistreated. Let them live with their families in their own ecosystem.
Nov 12, 2017 Franca Wesselius
Nov 12, 2017 Wendy Adler
Nov 11, 2017 Donna Arnold Stop...
Nov 11, 2017 carmela cid
Nov 11, 2017 jane drexler
Nov 11, 2017 Tina Kennedy STOP THE ABUSE!!! GOD'S CREATIONS SHOULD NEVER LIVE LIKE THAT!!!
Nov 10, 2017 Victoria Robinson
Nov 10, 2017 Kelly Kelsay Humanity needs to take note of how loving and caring one should be towards their fellow kind!!!! Taking a baby elephant, or an elephant way from its family is like someone taking your child, mother, brother, etc way. It is sad!!!!
Nov 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 10, 2017 Julie Goldthwaite
Nov 10, 2017 Susan Borski
Nov 10, 2017 Doreen Warren
Nov 10, 2017 Berry Berkel
Nov 10, 2017 Kimberly Perry

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