Victory for elephants and rhinos: Canada's bold step forward
In a groundbreaking move for wildlife conservation, Canada has declared a significant ban on the domestic trade of elephant ivory and rhino horn. This decisive action, led by the passionate efforts of the Ivory-Free Canada Coalition, comprised of Humane Society International, Elephanatics, Rhino & Elephant Defenders, and World Elephant Day, marks a historic moment in the protection of these majestic creatures.
During a press conference in Ottawa, Environment Minister Stephen Guilbeault, accompanied by Janine Cavin and Heather Craig, co-founders of Elephant and Rhino Defenders, as well as Kelly Butler campaign manager for Humane Society International/Canada, announced this pivotal ban. The regulation extends to the import of hunting trophies containing these parts, reinforcing Canada's commitment to wildlife conservation.
This new regulation represents one of the strongest protections for elephants and rhinos in non-range states, meaning countries where these animals do not exist in the wild. By severely restricting the trade in elephant ivory and rhino horns, Canada sets a powerful precedent on the global stage.
The ban not only curtails the domestic market but also impacts international trade dynamics, sending a clear message against wildlife exploitation. It aims to reduce illegal poaching and trade, offering a beacon of hope for the survival and flourishing of elephant and rhino populations worldwide.
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Global support for the ban
Kenyan biologist Winnie Kiiru contributed a significant video message, highlighting the ban's global importance. This decision by Canada is not only a win for animal welfare but also a beacon of hope for conservationists worldwide, demonstrating the power of collective action.
The coalition's impactful campaign
This collective action by the #IvoryFreeCanada campaign has been pivotal in securing the ban.
A special acknowledgment is due to everyone involved in this campaign, including scientists, NGOs, politicians, volunteers, educators, and journalists. The support of over 700,000 people who signed the petition demonstrates the widespread public backing for protecting elephants and rhinos.
This victory is a step in the right direction, but the journey towards global wildlife conservation is ongoing. We urge our supporters to continue advocating for the protection of animals across the globe, recognizing that every effort contributes to a larger movement for change.