Disturbingly, the sale of elephant skins is growing around the world, including in the United States. What’s even more shocking is that this sale is legal. CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, is a global agreement among governments to regulate or ban international trade in species under threat. While CITES bans the trade of elephant Ivory, it does not ban the trade of elephant skins. We think this is preposterous, and we’re sure you do, too.
Elephant skins are used to make everything from wallets and purses, to gun holsters and boots. The skins are also used to make “blood beads” which look like garnets and are worn as necklaces.
It is an abomination that CITES has not made the trade in all elephant body parts illegal. Left unchecked, this trade will continue to threaten the existence of all elephants, particularly Asian elephants. TAKE ACTION, and demand CITES bans the trade of ALL elephant body parts. Your signature will help stop the international trade of elephant skin and save the remaining Asian elephants!
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