What Can One Person Do?
Recently in Chad, armed ivory poachers slaughtered 86 elephants - including 33 pregnant females. And this horrific event doesn’t end here and now, but as said Celine Sissler-Bienvenu from IFAW states, “Even if the conditions were right, which they are not, it would take more than 20 years for this population to recover.” CITES, the world watchdog for endangered animal protection, met in March but not much progress was made for elephants. So where does that leave one individual who loves elephants and wants to see them in the wild in fifty years? Despair?
Although this matter is very grave (in both the figurative and literal sense of the word), it is important for people like you and me not to lose hope. We may not be scientists living amidst and studying elephants, or government officials creating and enforcing laws to protect them. But we are the populous of the world. We number over 7 billion. United together, we are more powerful than the illicit ivory trade & corruption.
What can I do? What can you do?
- SHARE. News about elephants can be found everywhere (National Geographic, Huffington Post, CNN, you name it, there’s coverage). Start sharing the stories to your friends & family. Raise public awareness about this issue. That’s why I created Elephantopia!
- SIGN. Petitions are a great way to have our voices heard in unison. Consider signing Elephantopia’s petition to Pope Francis concerning ivory used in religious art. Religions should not be one of the driving causes of elephant extinction!
- SEND. Tell China and CITES that when ivory is being used, elephants are being killed. And this is intolerable! It is time to kill the trade that kills the elephants.
Ivory carving factory in China email: [email protected]
CITES China email: [email protected]
CITES USA email: [email protected]
Chinese Embassy in DC email: [email protected]