Target: Idriss Déby, Chairperson of the African Union
Goal: Enhance anti-poaching measures to protect elephants from dying out.
The world’s elephant population has decreased by 30 percent since 2007, which represents an unsustainable decline. If these animals do not receive immediate protection, they will soon be gone forever.
This troubling conclusion comes from the Great Elephant Census, a comprehensive study that gathered data from 18 countries and almost 345,000 square miles. Africa once boasted approximately 12 million elephants, but the census found that only 352,271 African savanna elephants are left on the continent. The survey also concluded that an elephant is killed by poachers once every 15 minutes.
Elephants are an essential species for Africa’s forests and savannas. Their eating habits clear brush and allow new plants to grow and their dung contains seeds that further promote the spread of important plant life. These precious creatures are far too valuable, and their extinction would be a devastating blow. Sign the petition below to demand improved protections before it is too late.
Dear Mr. Déby,
I am writing to call your attention to a troubling census on the health of the African savanna elephant. According to this survey, the elephant population has been dramatically reduced. Whereas Africa once boasted around 12 million elephants, that number has been reduced to a little over 352,000. Furthermore, the population has declined 30 percent since 2007.
Elephants perform several essential tasks that ensure the health of their ecosystems, and the extinction of these vulnerable animals would be an enormous loss. I urge you to immediately improve protections before poachers completely eliminate this species forever.
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