Stand Up Against The Slaughtering Of The World’s Last Elephants

“It will be a tragedy like no other if our children and their children only know elephants from books and videos.”

A Call-Out from Avaaz, an online global citizens advocacy group

Posted August 2nd, 2016 on Niagara At Large

“It will be a tragedy like no other if our children and their children only know elephants from books and videos.”

Dear Friends –

Every 15 minutes an elephant is brutally slaughtered for its tusks, and at this rate they will be gone forever in just a few years.elephants2

Momentum is growing for a complete global ban on ivory — but the European Commission has just come out against it!

The elephant crisis is heartbreaking. In some areas these magnificent, sensitive creatures are so terrified of people they only come out at night, and mourning baby elephants refuse to leave the butchered corpses of their mothers.

Now 29 African governments have said if Europe gets its way, it will spell extinction for our elephants, and they need our help.

A key global summit is just around the corner where we could win the total ban we need, and there are signs powerful countries like France and Germany could lead a rebellion against the EU’s elephant death sentence. African governments will deliver our giant call straight into key meetings to build support for the ban — sign now to keep our elephants safe, and share with everyone you knowhttps://secure.avaaz.org/en/global_ivory_ban_loc_en2/?bRUUpdb&v=78920&cl=10345004200&_checksum=8cd780bcc573a581ca67e89c1467a62269c02dabf1f243afe15a6e9d6e350459elephant mom and baby

All over the world, iconic species are being driven to the edge of extinction thanks to hunting, poaching and habitat loss. It’s creating a crisis that threatens us all — scientists are warning that as each species is lost, another strand is pulled out of the web of life.

Pull out too many, and the ecosystems we rely on will collapse.  Europe is the world’s biggest exporter of legal ivory, and argues that the best way to tackle the elephant crisis is to crack down hard on the illegal trade, while keeping legal traders operating.

But elephant poachers pass off the ivory they sell as legitimate, hiding their crimes behind the legal ivory trade and experts say legalisation could make poaching grow exponentially.

So let’s build a global wave of support for our amazing wildlife, and make sure European governments drop this disastrous plan to allow more elephant slaughter. It will be a tragedy like no other if our children and their children only know elephants from books and videos. Add your name and spread the word to save the elephants:   https://secure.avaaz.org/en/global_ivory_ban_loc_en2/?bRUUpdb&v=78920&cl=10345004200&_checksum=8cd780bcc573a581ca67e89c1467a62269c02dabf1f243afe15a6e9d6e350459

Our global people-powered movement is the best chance our wildlife has to survive and flourish. We’ve helped usher in the end of the ivory trade in Hong Kong, won an EU ban on bee-killing pesticides and campaigned for dozens of protected ocean and forest parks around the world. We even bought a rainforest for orangutans! Now we need to step up for elephants again, and get another global win for wildlife. With hope and determination, Bert, Rosa, Rewan, Emma, Spyro, Marie, Danny and the rest of the Avaaz team

MORE INFORMATION African wildlife officials appalled as EU opposes a total ban on ivory trade (The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/06/african-wildlife-officials-appalled-as-eu-opposes-a-total-ban-on-ivory-trade

29 African Nations Urge EU to Halt Elephant Slaughter (Environment News Service) http://ens-newswire.com/2016/07/04/29-african-nations-urge-eu-to-halt-elephant-slaughter/

In Fighting Illegal Ivory, EU Lags Behind (National Geographic) http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/ivory-trafficking-european-union-china-hong-kong-elephant

Obama says that urgent action is needed to save elephants from going extinct (The Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/mar/03/obama-urgent-action-needed-save-elephants-extinct

Avaaz.org is a 44-million-person global campaign network that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people shape global decision-making. (“Avaaz” means “voice” or “song” in many languages.) Avaaz members live in every nation of the world; our team is spread across 18 countries on 6 continents and operates in 17 languages.

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2 responses to “Stand Up Against The Slaughtering Of The World’s Last Elephants

  1. Linda McKellar

    It’s hard to even comment on this one. It is heartbreaking. Many years ago I spent time on the Serengeti, Mount Kenya and at Ngorongoro. It was marvellous to see the humans in the cages and the magnificent animals wandering free. Even then the population of rhinos had been decimated. Elephants are pretty peaceful and seldom harm anyone without cause. They are social animals with strong family ties and are highly intelligent. Sure they eat some crops. Tough. Maybe that’s because there are too many people taking over their turf.

    Much more money could be made and the wealth spread to the people more equitably by tourism than by the ivory trade where the cash goes to only a few and at great cost to the environment.

    Ivory is not magical nor is it a cure all or aphrodisiac (as if we need more destructive humans on our crowded planet). The punishment for ivory trading and poaching needs to be the death penalty. Trophy hunting as exemplified by the idiot that shot Cecil the lion (an animal lured out of a protected reserve and wearing a tracking collar) must be stopped. That creep should be in jail. Where have so many species gone at our hands? Billions of bison in North America were shot and left to rot as a genocide directed at our native people. Humans are terrible and destructive creatures that kill for STUPID reasons. Nature is out of balance and it’s all due to us moronic humans.

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  2. Sheila Krekorian

    Signed!

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