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12 Things You Should Know about the Elephant Crisis
1. One elephant is killed every 15 minutes.
2. Over 20,000 elephants were poached in 2013.
3. At the current rate they’ll be extinct in 20 years.
4. Violent conflict and ivory poaching are interconnected. Heavily armed crime cartels and militias use ivory funds to finance terrorism and wars in Africa.
5. Ivory carving has been a cultural tradition for centuries.
Today, most of the tusks are sent to Asian countries like China, Thailand and Vietnam where they’re carved into figurines, jewelry and even mobile phone cases.
6. China’s rising middle class is fueling the crisis as more people are able to spend their money on ivory status symbols. Prices have risen tenfold over the past five years.
7. Many people in ivory-buying countries don’t understand the true cost of ivory. They mistakenly believe it comes from tusks that naturally fall out, or from elephants killed by local people for their meat. Some even think the animals are painlessly anesthetized to have their tusks cut off.
8. Elephants cannot be de-tusked because they have a nerve running through most of their tusks just like we do in our teeth. Conservationists have tried cutting big tusks down but the elephants were poached for their remaining ivory anyway. Even juvenile elephants are killed for their small tusks.
9. Elephant tusks do not fall out and grow back like deer antlers do. The only way to obtain new ivory is to kill an elephant.
10. Evidence suggests elephants know they’re being hunted for their tusks. Big tuskers in Tsavo have been known to hide their heads and tusks in bushes when helicopters fly overhead.
11. Elephants are a lot like us. They live in family groups led by an experienced older matriarch. They help each other when one is injured or in danger. And just like us, they mourn their dead.
12. To stop elephant poaching we must stop the demand. But we don’t have much time.
What can you do?
Spread the word!
Don’t buy ivory products and encourage others not to.
Lobby your own government to fight wildlife crime, including ivory trafficking.
Tell them this is not just about animals – poaching is part of a larger threat involving organized crime, arms proliferation and terrorism.
Write to the Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese ambassadors in your own country and politely ask them to close ALL their ivory carving factories. Explain why ivory trading should be banned.
Support organizations on the front line of the anti-poaching war.
If we make ivory products socially unacceptable we can stop this before it’s too late.