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DiCaprio and Goodall to President Obama: ‘Elephants Need Us’

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President Obama got a very public piece of mail today as Hollywood heavy weights, animal protection agencies and companies representing millions of people signed a letter published on The Washington Post on behalf of elephants.

The open letter titled “Elephants Need Us” and signed by Leonardo DiCaprio, Jane Goodall and Dave Matthews, among many others, encourages the president to follow through with his ban of ivory sales in the United States so elephants will stop being poached overseas.

“Along with 80% of the American people, the undersigned companies, conservation groups and concerned individuals strongly support ending commercial trade of elephant ivory in the U.S,” reads the letter’s first paragraph.  “We believe we must take all necessary steps to protect these magnificent creatures from extinction.”

The letter goes on to mention how the entire world today only has about half a million elephants left, with poachers killing an elephant every 15 minutes for the ivory trade and the United States being the second largest market for wildlife products.

President Obama recently announced his National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, which is to act as an essential ban on ivory sales in America. The letter applauds the initiative and encourages the president to act upon it as soon as possible.

“We believe that your decision to halt elephant ivory commerce in the U.S. is the right response to the current crisis,” the letter concludes. “For the sake of the world’s elephants, we urge you to keep that promise.”

 Via International Fund for Animal Welfare

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