The United States is waging a valiant war against the ivory trade.
There’s some desperately needed good news for elephants, noble creatures who are being slaughtered for the ivory in their tusks.
Some 35,000 African elephants were murdered in 2012 alone, culling what had been a population of 1.2 million in 1980 to hardly 400,000 now. Poachers, many associated with terror groups, have cut down the beasts in record numbers to harvest “the white gold of jihad” since a treaty banning the international ivory trade was watered down in 2008, and demand in the Far East exploded.
Last week, the Obama administration imposed a ban on almost all imports and exports of ivory and rhinoceros horn. Domestic sellers will now have to prove their ivory was legally obtained before trading bans enacted in 1990 on material taken from African elephants and in 1975 from Asian ones.
In one act, America has moved to save elephants from slaughter, and to cut off funding used for the slaughter of men. Pray that it’s effective.