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The elephant poaching crisis rages on—and African elephants are unlikely to sustain this rate of slaughter. Today, it is estimated that there are between 434,000 and 684,000 African elephants, although the real figure may be lower. In the case of the Asian elephant, the situation is much worse, with approximately 30,000 remaining. (Again, this is an estimate, and the true figure could be significantly lower.) On August 27, Born Free USA and data analysts at C4ADS released a new groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets in Asia. If we can close down the transit routes that bring ivory to East Asian markets, we can save the elephants. Born Free USA will utilize this cutting-edge report to ensure the protection of African elephants for generations to come.
Your Senator (Barbara Boxer in California or David Vitter in Louisiana) is one of the two lead sponsors of the Captive Primate Safety Act (S. 1463), and so is in a unique position of power to push it forward. However, the Senator needs to hear from constituents that this is a priority. California residents, reach Boxer’s office at (202) 224-3553. Louisiana residents, reach Vitter’s office at (202) 224-4623. Then, send a follow-up email. Click the "Read More" link below for more details.
Purpose: This bill would amend the National Wildlife Refuge System Administration Act of 1966 to prohibit the use or possession of body-gripping traps in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources on 11/15/13.
Groundbreaking Report Commissioned by Born Free USA Uncovers Ivory Supply Chain from Poached African Elephants to Markets in Asia
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Born Free USA and C4ADS released a groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets tens of thousands of miles away in Asia. This information comes four months after the groups’ shocking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa, which detailed the poaching crisis and its links to violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption. View the full report at www.bornfreeusa.org/OutOfAfrica.
The trade in illegal elephant ivory from Africa to Asia relies on as few as 200 shipping containers in a year, offering a weak point to target smugglers, according to Out of Africa: a report released last week by Born Free USA and C4ADS. “What we want to do is get a commitment from freight companies that they will not allow themselves to be used for this nefarious wildlife crime,” explains Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA.