ACTION for Kidnapped Baby Elephants Destined for Chinese Zoos

10849804_941371222547696_6560763297292959950_nWill YOU let up to 100 baby elephants be kidnapped from their families in Zimbabwe and sent to Chinese zoos? Say NO! ACTIONS HERE to save the Zimbabwe baby elephants from China! #MarchAgainstExtinction #GMFER #SaveAfricanAnimals
1) Please SIGN, SHARE & TWEET these 3 petitions for the innocents kidnapped from their families: https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Robert_Mugabe_Saviour_Kasukwere_Walter_Mazimbi_Chidziwa_Stop_the_export_of_animals_to_China/?cOAHsab

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/202/259/209/#sign

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1736&ea.campaign.id=33931

Sign International Fund for Animal Welfare – IFAW’s letter to Zimbabwe here: http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/get-involved/stop-export-zimbwawes-baby-elephants?ms=UONDG141211060&cid=701F0000000S4VR

2) Join the Tweetstorm for these elephant babies and help #SaveAfricanAnimals:

https://twitter.com/search?q=zimbabwe+elephants&src=typd

3) Are you IN South Africa? Please show up! There’s 3 protests on December 19th outside Zimbabwe consulates for the kidnapped elephants, in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg!

Cape Town protest event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1469959089919606/?source=1

Pretoria protest event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/336954563156833/

Johannesburg protest event page:

https://www.facebook.com/events/337724549747483/

Thank you!

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ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS – Organize a protest, join a Mass Mail Campaign – you can help!

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In the wake of the last few Chinese horror stories including the big Chinese buying trip to Tanzania and the abduction of 35 baby elephants (one of whom has already died) the grassroots advocacy movement “Global March for Elephants and Rhinos” is asking cities to organize protests all over the world at Chinese Consulates on January 24th OR if you can’t participate or organize a protest – to join in a mail campaign. Please follow the details of these campaigns here and join the mail campaign here.

CTION! You MARCHED with #GMFER October 4th, JOIN US in early 2015 as we organize peaceful PROTESTS at Chinese embassies and consulates from January – June, and join our MAIL STORM to write to stop the poaching and ivory trade! You’re needed to give the elephants and rhinos your presence and your voice!

Tell China to BAN its ivory trade and shut down its carving factories! Our London organizers have kicked off our protests with their January 24th demo at China’s London embassy here: http://goo.gl/dSA69K
More protests coming, including San Francisco and Washington, DC!

Want to ORGANIZE a protest? PM or email us at: march4elesandrhinos@gmail.com.

If you cannot attend or organize a peaceful protest at a Chinese embassy or consulate in your city, please WRITE! Our mail storm event page is here, with thanks to our Chris Sarjeant for creating this ~ for the price of a stamp you can urge China to BAN all domestic ivory trade: http://goo.gl/iiGF3A

China must ban all domestic ivory trade if the elephant is to survive ~ help make it happen in 2015!

 “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead

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Poem of the Week: The Coming of Light by Mark Strand via Alison McGhee

Even this late it happens:
the coming of love, the coming of light.
You wake and the candles are lit as if by themselves,
stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows,
sending up warm bouquets of air.
Even this late the bones of the body shine
and tomorrow’s dust flares into breath.

A big thank you to Alison McGhee for curating these beautiful poems.
​For  more information on Mark Strand, please click here.

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ACTION: 35 Baby Elephants Captured To Be Sent to Chinese Zoos

706x410q70don-stealinganimals-subbedmPLEASE sign and share.We must all lend our voices in opposition to this terrible situation and we urge you to sign and share this petition: bit.ly/1yejWB1

Baby elephants abducted from the wild awaiting export to China.

The DSWT has been appalled to hear of the planned transfer of elephant calves and other wild caught animals, from Zimbabwe to Chinese zoos. Having worked for over 35 years in hand-rearing orphaned baby elephants in Kenya and rehabilitating them back into the wild when grown, we have a sound understanding on the physical and emotional needs of elephant calves.

Elephants need space to roam and young elephants, torn from their families, confined to captive environments with no prospect of a life back in the wild suffer severe stress affecting their physical and psychological development and often resulting in death.

As well as independently writing to the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources in Zimbabwe, the DSWT has joined the Asia for Animals Coalition in contacting Zimbabwean authorities to express our grave concerns and urging the government to refrain from the transportation of wild animals to China.

We must all lend our voices in opposition to this terrible situation and we urge you to sign and share this petition: bit.ly/1yejWB1

Read more about the situation at: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/…/2014-12-03-unmasked-zimb…/…

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Christmas Giving: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust – The Orphan Project

Ashaka - a precious little girlOrphaned baby elephants are often the tragic by-product of the current elephant (and many other kinds of wildlife) poaching crisis taking place in Africa today or victims of human/wildlife conflict.The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust based in Kenya has for the last 40 years rescued these babies and through love and dedication figured out how to raise them so they can be re-released into the wild to live the lives they are meant to live. Without their knowledge and expertise these orphans have no chance at life.

For a minimum of $50 you can foster an orphan for yourself or as a gift for someone else. This year we fostered many orphans as gifts to friends and family and have been recipients as well. Supporting the organization is one thing but spreading the word and telling the stories about these animals lives, their incredible emotional sophistication is essential to their survival as a species. They are like us but elephants.

The DSWT makes it easy to tell their stories because they share them via email and on social media ( please ‘like’ them on facebook). Every month I get an update on what is happening at the nursery and throughout the organization (vet services, anti-poaching) and this month I received an additional update on my new baby Ashaka. I am telling you this story so you can share it with others. If we keep sharing then the world will know what is happening to these incredible animals and perhaps together we can save them and others. You can go to the mall and buy a gift or you can make a difference.

Please be sure to read the story of Ashaka’s friendship:

Ashaka and Kamok are two little girls who have grown up in the Nursery together throughout this year and have formed a very special bond in that time.    Ashaka came while teething, which is never easy, but thankfully we got through that precarious period and she is now growing up, but not as fast as some.  Although older than Kauro she has definitely been overtaken in height.  She likes to be with the young orphans rather than the bigger ones as she is shy little girl in their company and prefers the company of the Keepers and the babies.   She is always glued to the sides of her friends Kamok, and Mbegu, along with Kauro.  She is selective with her Keepers too, preferring some more than others.  She prefers company all of the time, so is a demanding little elephant, and if her Keeper leaves her stable at night, even for a short moment, she complains instantly.  Ashaka has a naughty streak which is prompted by jealously mostly, and can be found bullying some of the other orphans – she does not like to share her Keepers.

Thank you so much for supporting our little Ashaka who was fortunate to be rescued from the mud and saved long after her herd had gone.  Raising Ashaka from infancy to this point, a year on, has been a very satisfying journey made possible thanks to the support of her foster parents.

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The Paris Wife: by Paula McLain- Book Review

9780345521309I love historic fiction. It’s as though the novelist takes a paint brush and carefully constructs the important details that  enables the reader to enter a living breathing world of that time. I had wanted to read Ernest Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast but was given The Paris Wife as a birthday gift so I read it instead. The Paris Wife is the story of Ernest Hemingway’s marriage to  his first wife Hadley Richardson against the backdrop of Paris, Spain and Europe in the early twenties.

I have a soft spot for Paris and a fascination with the 1920s literary scene there that included Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, F, Scott Fitzgerald and of course the young Ernest Hemingway. All of these characters make an entrance in this book, showing them as real but crazy, drinking, wildly talented and driven people.

Having just finished a tour of the First World War battlegrounds and surrounding towns which felt both very real but also haunted, I felt like a Paris Wife gave life to a post war era, where the rules had changed and so had the people. Ernest Hemingway suffers from trauma and depression (although his entire family suffered from depression) but it was clear the war had taken its toll on him. And Paris felt like a city that someone had just popped the top of a champagne bottle off of. It had energy, beauty and no rules.

This is the city that Ernest (at 21) and his first wife Hadley  who was 8 years his senior, escaped to live in. He could earn a living as a journalist, surround himself with the literary inspirations of the time and write.This was the city that inspired him as a writer and a husband. A city where they tried their damn-dest to do that thing called ‘monogamy’, where they were admired as the ‘solid’ couple, the couple who would survive the craziness of the times – the drinking, parties, jealousies and infidelities.

And in spite of their immense love for each other and Hadley’s steady, down to earth nature, which he loved and adored, they lost their battle. Maybe it was the partying, his youth, ego, ambition or maybe it was a predatory girlfriend who stole her husband right in front of her eyes. Or maybe in the end he couldn’t forgive her losing all his manuscripts, his heart, his life.

In their last conversation before he died he asked her what went wrong…we loved each other too much he said, I ruined everything, he said. I would rather have not lived at all then not have ever loved Hadley, he said. And sometimes there’s no explanation for losing sight of the people we cherish most, who steer us straight, anchor our hearts in love and purpose.

I loved this book. Loved their love, loved the backdrop of Paris, and Europe and the times.

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Poem of the Week: Last Night I Had a Dream – via Alison McGhee

Last Night I Had a Dream
– Antonio Machado (translated by Alan Trueblood)

Last night I had a dream–
a blessed illusion it was–
I dreamt of a fountain flowing
deep down in my heart.
Water, by what hidden channels
have you come, tell me, to me,
welling up with new life
I never tasted before?

Last night I had a dream–
a blessed illusion it was–
I dreamt of a hive at work
deep down in my heart.
Within were the golden bees
straining out the bitter past
to make sweet-tasting honey,
and white honeycomb.

Last night I had a dream–
a blessed illusion it was–
I dreamt of a hot sun shining
deep down in my heart.
The heat was in the scorching
as from a fiery hearth;
the sun in the light it shed
and the tears it brought to the eyes.

Last night I had a dream–
a blessed illusion it was–
I dreamed it was God I’d found
deep down in my heart.

A big thank you to Alison McGhee for generously curating these beautiful poems.

For more information on Antonio Machado, please click here.

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