Elephants in Africa are killed for their tusks at the rate of one every 15 minutes. Some of that is in the gross practice of “trophy hunting”, which is just killing for fun. Sadly, FedEx still ships ivory obtained in trophy hunting back to the US. Although this isn’t illegal, it is abhorrent and the company should take a stand to help protect African elephants.
We demand that FedEx does it’s moral duty and refuse to transport ivory from Africa back to the US.
There has been some effort to shut down the trade of ivory to try and curb the horrifying murder of innocent elephants, but it’s not enough. All experts on the subject know that the trade has three points: the actual poaching, the transport and the consumer demand of ivory products. The first and third point are actively being worked on, but little has been done to stop the transport of ivory tusks.
Right now, any American can legally kill up to two elephants per year for their tusks in Africa and transport them back through companies like FedEx.There are thought to be only 400,000 elephants left in Africa. At the current poaching rate, they will soon be gone entirely. We are pleading with FedEx to publicly commit to stop transporting Ivory obtained in Africa back to the US. Disabling this key part of the process of killing elephants for their tusks would make a big difference in saving remaining elephants.