Wild Elephants of Mole National Park, Ghana, July 27, 2008 – Photo: Kim Clune
One of my life’s most magical moments was watching a family of four wild African elephants emerge from Mole National Forest for a swim. Mole refuge spans 3000 square miles but, as large and mostly untouched by humans as this special place is, poaching elephants for ivory is still greatly feared. You Can Help These Elephants.
Humane Society International shared a startling fact last week.
Every single day, 100 African elephants are slaughtered for their tusks. If current poaching rates continue, this beloved animal will be gone forever in the next 20 years.
Being born a majestic elephant is an ill fate indeed. Whether captured for carnival cruelty, limited to life in a zoo, or shot dead to make souvenir trinkets, our human impact has made this world a deadly place for these magnificent and emotional beings.
Good News on the African Elephant Horizon
In November of 2013, the U.S. government crushed more than five tons of its confiscated ivory stockpile. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said:
We’re doing this to send a signal to the world that we need to crush the illegal trade in ivory and wildlife products in general.
Weeks later, China, the world’s largest market for elephant products, followed suit by publicly crushing six tons of confiscated ivory, an equivalent to 2,000 poached elephants. While there are plenty of issues still as stake, like China’s still legal ivory trade, this is an important first step.
Keep the Momentum Going in Hong Kong!
Join forces with Humane Society International. Urge the Hong Kong government to destroy the ivory it has confiscated.
It must join the U.S. and China in sending a message to poachers and traffickers that their days of profiting from killing are coming to an end.
Petition Text: African elephant poaching has reached critical levels. With 100 elephants being killed every single day and tons of illegally shipped ivory being seized on an almost monthly basis, urgent action is needed to put an end to this crisis.
Hong Kong needs to join other governments — including those of China, the Philippines, and the United States — in taking meaningful action to protect elephants by destroying its stockpile of confiscated ivory.
This important step would highlight the plight of the tens of thousands of elephants at risk of being wiped out by greed. I urge you to destroy the Hong Kong government’s stockpile to help save these majestic animals before it is too late.
Thank you for caring about wild elephants like the ones I met in Ghana.
Kim Clune with a Park Ranger and Wild Elephants of Mole National Park,
Ghana, July 27, 2008
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