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Thank you to Hallmark for responding to elephant advocate outrage

10522144_851974788154007_8098451405893074393_nHi everyone, this is an update on Hallmark who had listed ivory as the 14th wedding anniversary gift idea (from elephants who shed tusks). Many advocates emailed them and posted on their Facebook wall and they have done the following. THANK YOU TO Hallmark for responding to elephant advocates’ outrage and CHANGING their theme for a 14th wedding anniversary from Ivory to Animals, with ethical choices for gifts including an eco-tour or donation to a wildlife organization! Thanks to all of YOU who responded to our August 3rd call to action – you did it! We appreciate Hallmark’s response to our concerns that they were promoting the sale of ivory, and over their misinformation that ivory jewelry is often made from ivory “shed naturally from animals”. Here is the new text on their website:

14TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Theme: Animals
Note: The traditional 14th year gift was ivory, but endangered elephant populations make this an unethical choice.

For spouses
Budget:
Tie a love note to a new stuffed animal…or to your dog’s collar. If you’ve never done it, try out a horseback riding lesson together. Or, take a nature walk and look for birds and other wildlife.

Splurge:
Go on an eco-tour to see animals in the wild.

For another couple
Donate to a wildlife organization in the couple’s name.
Link to this post on their website:
http://www.hallmark.com/anniversary/ideas/wedding-anniversary-gifts/#list14

So thanks to everyone for your help. This is the power of social media and a collective voice for change.

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Hallmark is selling ivory….as a perfect 14th anniversary present

Hi everyone,

Thanks for  your quick response, reblogs and shares. It appears that Hallmark has removed the ivory reference. This is the customer service message I received from their office:

hank you for contacting Hallmark.

Thanks for expressing your concern about the inclusion of ivory on our anniversary gift list. The traditional anniversary gift list was created in the 1930s by the American National Retail Jeweler Association. Our article was intended to be informational, but we understand the concerns about illegal ivory products and want it to be clear that we don’t condone the ivory trade in any way. We are in the process of updating the list based on your feedback.

We appreciate your taking the time to let us know your feelings.

Thanks,

Hallmark is promoting IVORY as a 14th wedding anniversary gift on their website and posting this blatant falsehood: “Many pieces of beautiful jewelry showcase ivory shed naturally from animals. Look online for options.” at this link:http://www.hallmark.com/anniversary/ideas/wedding-anniversary-gifts/#list14

ACTION: Please EMAIL or CALL Hallmark to educate them that ALL ivory products come from slaughtered elephants and much ivory for sale is ILLEGAL ivory!
Email Hallmark at this link: http://hallmark.custhelp.com/app/ask
Phone Hallmark at this TOLL-FREE number: 1-800-HALLMARK (1-800-425-5627)
Post on Hallmark‘s FB page at this link:https://www.facebook.com/HALLMARK

Sample Post or Email to send:

Your website has ivory listed as the 14th wedding anniversary gift, an outdated and today often ILLEGAL item. Furthermore, Hallmark is spreading the blatant falsehood that ivory jewelry comes from ivory that is “shed naturally from animals”. No, Hallmark, elephants’ tusks do not fall out naturally! Elephants are brutally poached for their tusks with poisoned arrows or gunned down in cold blood to make ivory jewelry. Elephants’ tusks extend deep into their skulls and their faces are hacked off, often while they’re still alive, to remove the entire tusk.

ALL ivory is blood ivory. An elephant is poached for its ivory every 15 minutes; that’s 96 elephants that are killed daily. Between 35,000-52,000 elephants are killed each year for ivory, and unless all ivory trade is banned worldwide, elephants will be extinct in the wild in 10 years or less.

Your irresponsible website post supports this killing and justifies the illegal slaughter of this highly intelligent, self-aware and emotionally sentient keystone species for trinkets! Please find an alternative listing for a 14th wedding anniversary gift and immediately remove the inaccurate, misleading sentence: “Many pieces of beautiful jewelry showcase ivory shed naturally from animals. Look online for options.” Stop supporting and promoting the slaughter of elephants for ivory jewelry!

Ignorance lives right next door. Please share.This is a good thing for people to learn.
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