Apr 4, 2024

#Elephants belong in the wild — not trophy cases

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From: Kierán Suckling, Center for Biological Diversity <bioactivist@biologicaldiversity.org>
Date: Tue, Apr 2, 2024, 4:32 AM
Subject: Elephants belong in the wild — not trophy cases
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A super-tusker elephant was shot and killed in Africa last month by a U.S. trophy hunter.

Super-tuskers are male elephants with at least one tusk weighing more than 100 pounds. As few as 50 remain in the wild, and this was the third such killing in the past six months.

Please help us save elephants and other imperiled species with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund. Thanks to a group of wildlife champions, your gift today will be doubled.

U.S. trophy hunters play an outsized role in killing African animals for sport.

Yet the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, despite public outcry, continues to let Americans import the body parts of elephants, rhinos, leopards and other imperiled species after thrill-killing them overseas.

The Service adopted new rules on elephant trophy hunt imports — but they're weak and don't do nearly enough to discourage the outdated, violent practice of killing these majestic animals abroad and shipping their bodies home.

The only acceptable solution to this brutal practice is banning the importation of the killing spoils from threatened and endangered species.

Such a ban would deter hunters and send a powerful message: To combat extinction, the United States will not condone the killing of these extraordinary animals for sport.

Elephants are irreplaceable icons of the natural world.

But African savannah elephants have declined 50% in the last 75 years. Forest elephants have declined 80%.

They deserve to live out their lives in the wild — not get shot by rich trophy hunters to become living room decor.

We face a dire loss of biodiversity in the coming years, with 1 million species at risk of extinction.

That crisis must be met with a bold, uncompromising response.

Please help us fight for elephants and wildlife on the brink by making a matched gift today to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


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