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Please halt the slaughter of the African Elephant: one petition, one letter

February 6, 2013
Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Karen Lyons Kalmenson


With 35,000 elephants a year being slaughtered for their tusks, the fate of the African Elephant hangs in the balance. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) prepares for the sixteenth Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in March 2013. The scientific community, global intelligence agencies and wildlife trafficking authorities warn that the African Elephant is on the precipice of extermination due to the unmitigated slaughter of tens of thousands of elephants each year.

Elephants need people all around the world to be their voice and take this simple 3 step action.

Please click HERE to sign (to reach petition, scroll down page)


  • Australia:
  • Brasil:;;;
  • Canada:;
  • France:;
  • Germany:;
  • India:;
  • Italia:;;
  • Kenya:;;;;
  • South Africa:;
  • United Kingdom:;;
  • United States:;
If you would like to Carbon Copy (CC) your email to the Chinese Foreign Trade Management Department Economic Services, add this to the CC line:

You can to source the relevant email addresses of the CITES Management and Scientific Authority for your own country here:, send one email to both addresses.


Dear CITES Designated Authority,
It is days before the Conference of the Parties (CoP16) in Thailand and the future of the African Elephant is in your hands. As our country’s Scientific and Management Authorities to CITES, I request you initiate and/or vote for the following measures within your Designated CITES Authority mandate to assist in the unprecedented measures required to halt the slaughter of the African Elephant by:
  • Voting for a full ban on all commercial trade in ivory, legal and illegal, indefinitely.
  • Upgrade all elephants currently listed as Appendix II to Appendix I until current elephant poaching trends and related illegal trade in ivory is controlled and African Elephant populations throughout Eastern, Western and Central Africa recover.
  • Reject all requests to down list the African Elephant from Appendix I to Appendix II indefinitely.
  • Revoke China’s  “Approved Buyer” status and trade partnership and take positive steps in engaging Chinese Designated Authorities in relevant forums at CoP16 to ask that the Chinese Government takes immediate meaningful action to stop all trade in ivory.
I thank you for your kind consideration and attention to this urgent issue.

my tusks are mine

My tusks are mine
They are part of my head
But humans see them
As their own, instead
Theirs to take,
For décor and such
Humans leave us alone
Thank you very much

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 6, 2013 5:15 pm

    petition signed and shared in several places also sent email to US authorities as well as sending a CC to the Chinese Foreign Trade Management Department Economic Services Thanks so much for the info Stacey and the sample letter you are the best ; )


    • February 6, 2013 6:03 pm

      Thank you so much, as always, for your tireless commitment and compassion. It is YOU who is the best.


  2. February 6, 2013 9:35 pm

    Thank you, done~shared


  3. UFOHUNTERORGUK permalink
    February 7, 2013 1:25 am

    Reblogged this on


  4. karenlyonskalmenson permalink
    February 7, 2013 3:27 am

    my tusks are mine

    My tusks are mine
    They are part of my head
    But humans see them
    As their own, instead
    Theirs to take,
    For décor and such
    Humans leave us alone
    Thank you very much


  5. APJ Abdul hid permalink
    May 23, 2013 6:58 pm



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