Jane Lauds US Announcement on Ivory Trade
I was very happy when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service organized an Ivory Crush at the end of 2013. This sent a good message to the rest of the world. And two days ago I heard about the statement from the White House on the national strategy for combating wildlife trafficking and the commercial ban on trade in elephant ivory. Again, this gives a good message at a time when the illegal wildlife trade is, finally, receiving global attention. But I am disappointed that hunters will still be allowed to kill two elephants a year. These are wonderful beings. They can live to be over 60 years. They have a complex society, forming affectionate supportive bonds with family and friends. They are highly intelligent. And show deep grief at the death of a member of the herd. It is very sad that anyone would WANT to shoot an elephant.
Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE
Founder, the Jane Goodall Institute &
UN Messenger of Peace
the Jane Goodall Institute-USA Headquarters