Announcing Co-Administrator Rene Morton, Immediate Concern About Ivory to be Decided in March
You will see new and interesting postings from Rene Morton. She is middle school science and reading teacher and is the kind of teacher who is the one a child remembers for life. She is teaching her children how to be activists for animals and is committed to elephants.
We post almost daily and there is always interesting news from the antics of babies and other ele cams to the more serious plight of Africans and the bloody ivory trade which is coming to a head in March.
Although Elephant Lovers is not an overt activist site, there will be important petitions that need to be signed to implore the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to reject Zimbabwe's and Tanzania's request to sell their stockpiled ivory. The last time sales were allowed poaching increased significantly, and it is at holocaust levels right now with Chinese crime syndicates at work in Africa. CITES meets in March to make the decision that will decide if the African elephant lives or dies. It is important to share these petitions with friends - the elephants need as much support as it can get. The top people in the world have gotten together to help in The Kenya Elephant Forum. http://www.facebook.com/pages/
The linked petition is from the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust which is trying to attain 25,000 signatures to send to CITES. Where dolphins and seals garner signatures on petitions in the hundreds of thousands, the elephants seem to woefully have much less support. We believe this is because many people do not realize how critical the situation is for the species. We hope you will share these petitions.
Antipoaching Rangers and Scouts must be supported
It is the carvers who create the desire for ivory. They must be given other material with which to work, and we as consumers must object when we find stores with such trinkets. Most of the carvers are in China, but the link for this paragraph shows a carver in the US in Ohio who says he works with "legal" ivory which means the kind of ivory that Zimbabwe and Tanzania are trying to sell. Out of sight out of mind - ivory should not be displayed for sale anywhere. The shame here is that Warther has obtained a Google Grant for his work and is looking for corporate sponsors. By networking we can reach people who would make such unknowingly wrong decisions - 6 degrees of separation?
If you wish to become more involved with activism Save Queenie Save Elephants group has posts and recommendations to help elephants the world over - they need our help.
For the Elephants,
Tory and Rene
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