Tell Congress to crack down on wildlife trafficking and enact a moratorium on ivory trade in the US. The future of some of the world's best-loved species is at stake. View online version | Contact us Dear WWF Supporter,
More than 30,000 elephants were slaughtered last year for their tusks, which are used to make ivory trinkets and carvings. They are sold in black markets around the world, including in the United States. But we're working to stop this illegal trade.
Nearly six tons of elephant ivory will be crushed into gravel by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. It is the largest amount of seized ivory ever destroyed in the US.
By destroying its store of seized ivory, the US government is sending a strong signal to the rest of the world that we need to end the demand that is fueling ivory trafficking and get serious now about saving elephants.
The ivory crush is a great step to save wild elephants. But we need to do more. The US is the world's second largest market for wildlife products, including elephant ivory. But loopholes in the law make it difficult to ensure that ivory being sold in the US is legal, particularly once it has been smuggled past our borders.
Our country is now in the position to make a real and lasting difference for wild elephants and other wildlife targeted by poaching and illegal trade.