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President Obama & Secretary Jewell

As an advocate for the Wildlife Conservation Society, I am writing to express my support for the proposed revision of the section 4(d) rule for the African elephant. With 96 elephants being killed by poachers every single day for their ivory, it is critical that our government acts quickly and decisively to end the sale of illegal ivory in the United States.

The proposed rule makes many important changes to ensure that the U.S. market is closed to illegal ivory. Perhaps the most critical is requiring the seller of an item containing ivory to prove that the item qualifies for an exemption from law, a far more sensible and enforceable approach than the previous rule. It is imperative that this shift be included in the final rule.

Although I would have preferred a more complete ban, I understand why the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is including a de minimus provision that will allow a narrow exemption for interstate commerce in a small number of items that were manufactured with small quantities of legal ivory. As the final rule is developed, it is critical that it be truly an exception only for items with minimal amounts of ivory. The rule must maintain language that ensures that a qualifying item is not primarily made of ivory and the primary source of the value is not from ivory. I urge FWS to consider a much smaller threshold, similar to the 20% standard adopted by the State of New York. The sale of stand-alone ivory carvings, predominantly ivory jewelry or trinkets provides too great of an incentive and ability for the illegal trade in African elephant ivory to continue into and within the United States and in other countries that might adopt the same standard.

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this important action of the U.S. government. I look forward to the prompt action on a final rule that will help to stop the mass killings of elephants and conserve their majesty for future generations.

Signed,

Wildlife Conservation Society

This petition closed almost 2 years ago

How this will help

The Obama administration just released its draft regulations to ban ivory sales in the United States. We need to drum up a stampede of support during the public comment period to make sure this...

The Obama administration just released its draft regulations to ban ivory sales in the United States. We need to drum up a stampede of support during the public comment period to make sure this ban stays intact.

The reason is simple – shutting down markets for ivory in the United States will save elephants' lives. We're submitting 96,000 letters of support between now and the September deadline! #BeHerd today by submitting your letter below. We'll submit your name, zip, and comment to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. All comments become part of the public record.

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