Rhino poaching in South Africa is up 5,000 percent in the last 5 years. Tens of thousands of elephants are being killed every year. And today, as few as 3,200 wild tigers remain on the planet.
These sobering numbers are the result of the illegal trade of rhino horns, elephant ivory and tiger parts, which has now reached epidemic proportions. Without strong protections and ramped-up enforcement efforts, these trends could lead to the loss of some of the world’s most magnificent species.
Next month, international officials will discuss illegal wildlife trade at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Help WWF urge U.S. officials to take a strong stand -- including supporting sanctions -- against countries that fail to meet their obligations to protect elephants and rhinos under CITES.
February 7, 2013 Action Alert ID# 52
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