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An Elephant Never Forgets
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elephant 1Elephant washing in the riverelephant 2An elephant never forgets, and here’s something we should remember about elephants:

 

They are 76 times more valuable when they’re alive.

 

Yet many elephants face an unbelievably grim fate: slaughtered for their tusks to be sold on the black market. The killing of African elephants for ivory has been linked to organized crime and even terrorist networks. And here’s the most frightening fact of all: If these animals continue to be hunted at current rates, then in the near future, we will live in a world without elephants. In honor of World Elephant Day (Aug. 12, 2017,) please take the pledge and never forget the true value of an elephant.

 

 TAKE ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS    

 

 Did you know that on average, an elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory? But it’s not too late to turn things around. Just look at some of the recent news:

 

•A coalition of 14 African nations united against the ivory trade recently in a vote to close domestic ivory markets.

 

•China announced plans to phase out its domestic ivory market — the world’s largest — by the end of 2017.

 

•Just last week, New York crushed two tons of illegal ivory from the tusks of at least 100 dead elephants in Times Square to demonstrate the state’s commitment to smashing the illegal ivory trade.

 

Change is possible. And as co-secretariat in the Elephant Protection Initiative — a project led by 15 African governments to address the killing of elephants and find new ways to protect dwindling elephant populations — Conservation International:  http://www.conservation.org/  will continue having greater impacts on elephant conservation.

 

The future for elephants remains unclear, but one thing is for certain — our world is richer with elephants than without them.

 

This World Elephant Day, don’t forget the true value of an elephant and take action so that the rest of the world never forgets.

 

 

 

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