Amid global outcry of the threatened survival of elephants worldwide,Safari Club International hunting club in Calgary, Canada, is poised to auction off the first license to a foreigner to hunt an elephant in Botswana after the hunting ban has been lifted.
Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a ban on elephant hunting in May of last year, inciting worldwide outrage. He previously gifted stools made from elephant feet to regional leaders during a meeting to discuss the animals’ fate. The ban was installed six years ago by Ian Khama, Botswana’s previous president.
“It is absolutely appalling that in this day and age Canada is still complicit with the slaughter of elephants for trophies. We are urgently calling on the Canadian Government to ban all trade in elephant ivory and end Canada’s role in further endangering these magnificent creatures,” said Michael Bernard, Deputy Director for HSI/Canada.
“Statistics have shown large-tusked elephants are in decline and need to be protected from trophy hunting and poaching. With the increase in illegal trade of ivory, the need to ban trophy hunting is even more necessary,” said Fran Duthie, President of Elephanatics.
“The trophy hunting of elephants is atrocious and needs to be banned worldwide. Elephants are a vital keystone species, they are the caretakers of their habitats and climate change mitigators in their role of maintaining biodiversity,” said Patricia Sims, Founder of World Elephant Day and President – World Elephant Society.
Killing elephants ultimately destroys habitats and Canada needs to take a stand now to ban elephant ivory and protect elephants for their survival and the health of our planet.”
A staggering 20,000 African elephants are killed each year. Scientists anticipate they will be extinct in the wild within 20 years if threats continue. While poaching is the main threat to elephants, “legal” trophy hunting only exacerbates the threat and drives up the demand for elephant ivory.
Over 100 African elephant tusks were imported into Canada as hunting trophies over the past decade, according to the data that Canada reported to CITES in its annual trade reports. Yet, exporting countries reported that over 300 African elephant tusks were exported to Canada in this same time period. The reason for the discrepancy is unknown.
Botswana was previously considered one of the last safe havens for elephants. It is home to an estimated 130,000 elephants which is almost a third of Africa’s total population.
Please call Safari Club International Hunting Club Headquarters to voice your opposition to the elephant hunt at (520) 620-1220.
Please call Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s officeat (613) 992-4211.
In order to press the Canadian government to take action, the Ivory-Free Canada Coalition launched a petition to ban elephant ivory and hunting trophies. With over 517,000 signatures, it is one of their largest Canadian petitions on Change.org for 2019. PLEASESIGN HERE!