Representatives from the Obama Administration, foreign diplomats from embassies and representatives of several non-governmental organizations will be in attendance at the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s ceremony to crush its six-ton ivory stockpile to send an anti-ivory trade message domestically and internationally. It is estimated that about 30,000 elephants are poached every year worldwide to supply the trade of ivory. China and the United States have the largest elephant ivory retail markets in the world.
Iris Ho, wildlife campaign manager for Humane Society International, the global arm of The Humane Society of the United States, will be in Colorado Nov. 13 and 14 and attend the Ivory Crush. Ho manages HSI’s campaigns to end the ivory trade and reduce ivory demand in China and Hong Kong. Through the media contact below, Ho is available to discuss these campaigns, the significance of the crush and the need to reduce demand for ivory in the U.S.