Barack Obama
Obama standing with his arms folded and smiling
44th President of the United States
In office January 20, 2009 – January 20, 2017
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by George W. Bush
Succeeded by Donald Trump
United States Senator from Illinois
In office January 3, 2005 – November 16, 2008
Preceded by Peter Fitzgerald
Succeeded by Roland Burris
Member of the Illinois Senate from the 13th district
In office January 8, 1997 – November 4, 2004
Preceded by Alice Palmer
Succeeded by Kwame Raoul
Personal details
Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michelle Robinson (m. 1992)
  • Malia
  • Sasha
Relatives See Family of Barack Obama
Awards Nobel Peace Prize (2009)Profile in Courage Award (2017)

Total Ban Of Trade In Rhino Horn, Ivory and All Other Endangered Species Product...

Dear Mr. Obama,

Please could you urge Global Leaders to take urgent, effective action to impose a total worldwide ban on trade in rhino horn, ivory and all other endangered species products.

Trying to stop poaching in Africa is like trying to stop waves rushing to shore! The only way to end the slaughter of these magnificant animals is to END DEMAND.

Elephants and wild rhino are facing extinction for the sake of ornaments and keratin powder! It's not even trade - it's theft on a grand scale by criminal syndicates and terrorist gangs! Theft leaving babies to die and theft of Africa's rich heritage!

Why is this not being condemned? Why is it not being stopped by world leaders?

Please Mr. Obama lead the way on this! I have writen to others too and hope someone will step up and call for action to end demand now.

Yours sincerely,

Shirley Aung

I grew up near the Luangwa Valley and lived in Zambia for 40 years. Although we came to England in the early 90's when my husbands job was Zambianised, we left our hearts in Africa. Our eldest son returned to Africa as soon as he completed University and teaches in Kenya. Our youngest son works for PEAS and travels from London to Uganda, Ruwanda and Zambia, as part of a team, to build schools to enable poor children, who would otherwise drop out, to complete school.

Tourism is such a vital part of the economy of many African countries and it is very distressing to hear of hundreds of elephants and rhino being slaughterd on a weekly basis. This is why I am appealing to world leaders to please take action to end demand. It has to end now because very soon it will be too late! Africa must not loose such irreplaceable, natural treasure!

Thank you very much,

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