Stop Slaughtering African Elephants

An elephant herd, led by a Magnificent 'Tusker' bull at a waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Target: Professor Judi Wakhungu, Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Water & Natural Resources, Kenya

Goal: End illegal elephant poaching in Kenya.

Approximately 36,000 elephants are killed annually – that’s roughly 100 per day or one every 15 minutes. In Central Africa, the elephant population has declined by 64 percent in the past decade. New births are unable to keep pace with the killings and African elephants could be extinct as soon as 2025.

Elephants are complex, highly intelligent, and very social animals. They are the largest animals on land, weighing between 5,000-14,000 pounds and standing as tall as 13 feet. Their trunks are used to draw in water that they then shoot into their mouths. Their ears are used to regulate their body temperature. Elephants care for the sick in a herd and even engage in death rituals when a loved herd member dies. They need their tusks for fighting, feeding, and playing.

Kenya’s elephant population is about 38,000. Due to increased ivory demand, African elephants could become extinct in the next few decades. Most of the demand comes from Asia, specifically China’s rising middle class, many of whom are unaware that elephants are killed for their tusks. This increased demand keeps ivory prices high on the black market. Kenya is enacting strong measures to stem the demand for ivory such as burning confiscated ivory to ensure it does not sell.

Elephants are a keystone species and help balance all the other species in the ecosystem. Their digging creates water access for other animals. They open up forest land to create firebreaks and grasslands and elephants are necessary to the dispersal of seeds that help maintain tree diversity.

Poachers target herds of elephants with automatic weapons and poison-tipped arrows. Not only do they threaten the ecosystem, they spread crime and hinder tourism dollars from flowing into villages where elephants typically roam. Poachers need to be severely punished for murdering these gentle giants.

Currently, the law has been too lax on commercial poachers. Kenyan ports are Africa’s primary gateway for ivory smuggling into Asia. Some countries, such as the United States, have enacted a ban on the commercial trade in ivory. China has symbolically joined the fight by placing a ban on ivory imports. Individual organizations are trying to thwart the poachers by increasing security measures and securing elephant habitats.

There has been an international ban on African elephant ivory since 1989. By signing this petition, you will urge Secretary Wakhungu of the Kenyan Ministry of the Environment, Water & Natural Resources, to ensure that all African elephant poachers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Please help save the African elephant from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Wakhungu,

African elephants are a keystone species and very important to your country. In addition to balancing other species in the ecosystem, they bring in tourist dollars that help sustain entire communities. Elephants care for their sick and mourn their dead. They are a complex and highly social animal which does not deserve to be slaughtered for their ivory tusks.

On average, one elephant is killed every fifteen minutes in Africa. The elephant population has decreased by approximately 64 percent in the past decade and slayings are outpacing births. At this rate, the African elephant could be extinct by 2025.

We, the undersigned, urge you to stop poachers from causing African elephant extinction. Ensure that poachers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, with high fine amounts and long prison terms. African elephants are a magnificent species that enthralls natives and tourists alike. Please help save the African elephant from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Steele

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6 Comments

  1. immediate death to all elephant poachers now.send a strong message now.we are not fucking around.

  2. Nazli Siddiqui says:

    Stricter laws and punishments are needed against poaching.

  3. Nazli Siddiqui says:

    Save animals. Save the planet.

  4. A world without elephants is somewhere I have no desire to be. Elephants are complex, intelligent beings with more moral fibre than most of the human race. The demand for ivory comes from China and Asia – they need to be held severely accountable as well as the poachers. China (the evil empire) is a scourge on the natural world and a country I detest for their total disregard for the feelings of other beings and their continual lust for power and money.

  5. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  6. PLEASE, let us be the voice of elephants — they are screaming out for their lives — Elephants have the RIGHT to live — they have the right to their life — No one has the right to murder them — they are cruelly slaughtered willy-nilly, day in & day out & no one blinks an eye — the lives of elephants are precious — their lives have value — we MUST protect our planet’s elephants so they can live happily & comfortably as God intended. DO NOT tolerate the cruel & senseless slaughter of elephants & other wildlife—DO NOT tolerate the global crime syndicates that wildlife trafficking supports. Ban the monster-poachers!

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