Monday Motivation

Statistics are grim: every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for it’s ivory. And stories in the news aren’t much better: just this week in Namibia, where there are only a few hundred elephants left (and approx 18 bull elephants), the country issued hunting permits and two trophy bulls of mating age were killed by hunters. *

To be honest, information like this leaves me wondering if there’s any hope? If I’m wasting my time advocating for the elephant? If sponsoring Kavala will really make a difference? If educating one person will really help stop the ivory trade?

IT’S ONLY NATURAL TO THINK THESE THINGS. But we must not stop there. When we feel like the little things we do don’t matter, remember:

One day an old man was walking along the beach, and he noticed a boy at the shore picking up a starfish and throwing it back into the sea. He went up to the boy and asked “What are you doing?”. The boy said, ”The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them in, they’ll die.” Upon hearing this, the old man said, “But, young man, do you realize there are thousands of starfish along the shore? You can’t possibly help them all?” The boy looked down, picked up another starfish and threw it back into the water and he replied, “But I made a huge difference to that one.”

Each of us, like the boy in the story above, have the opportunity to make a difference in the life of an elephant. We can do that alone…but what if all of us individuals joined together as a community to help save elephants? This would result in a huge difference. 

It’s been said, “The most fatal thing a man can do is try to stand alone.” Let’s stand together and start making a huge difference together for elephants.



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