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Japan and the Killing of Elephants

Sometimes the word ivory feels a little too objective for me. Ivory is actually an elephant’s tusk which they use because it’s theirs to use. It’s essential to their survival. Tusks are used for defense, offense, digging, lifting objects, gathering food, and stripping bark to eat from trees. They also protect the sensitive trunk, which is tucked between them when the elephant charges. In times of drought, elephants dig water holes in dry riverbeds by using their tusks, feet, and trunk.

It’s unfortunate that somewhere down the line somebody figured out that these tusks can be harvested from an elephant by killing it, and that the “tusk” can be carved into trinkets, jewellery, piano keys, chopsticks etc…. But you have to kill the elephant to get the tusk. That’s just the way it works.

brent-japan-ivory-nationalgeographic_1494083.adapt.1900.1.jpgAbout 100 years ago there were approximately 10 million elephants in Africa. According to the Great Elephant Census of 2016 only 400,000 or thereabouts remain. With 30,000 or so being killed for their tusks per year they will be extinct in the wild within 10 years. The UK, France, China and the US announced bans with Taiwan, Singapore and Hong Kong soon to follow suit. Elephanatics is advocating that Canada also ban the sale of ivory but we’re waiting for the Honourable Minister to make up her mind about this issue.

Since the closure of these markets the “ivory trade” is flowing to two other markets, Japan and Vietnam.

japanivory_00013.adapt.1900.1.jpgJapan has long resisted closing the trade in any way, just like they resist closing the Taiji dolphin slaughter.  Japan has consumed ivory from at least 262,500 elephants since 1970, the vast majority from large, mature adults. A 2015 JTEF and EIA single-day survey of Yahoo! Japan and Rakuten, a popular e-commerce site, likewise revealed some 12,200 ads for ivory—about 10 percent of which indicated, illegally, that the material could be shipped overseas.

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The article below is long but it’s worth reading. Elephants are like people. They are highly intelligent, emotional and complex animals. They are a keystone species which means we need them.  I am hoping that the next generation of human beings will be justifiably horrified and appalled at our horrifying treatment of animals and wildlife including this astonishing species.  While we dither they die. What a profound loss that is for everyone but especially them.

HOW JAPAN UNDERMINES EFFORTS TO STOP THE ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE

 

 

 

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Elephants have families too: film short by Hugo Guiness

‪#‎RememerberMe‬ Watch this beautiful short film by Hugo Guiness + please share! ‪#‎DSWT‬ ❤

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Today is World Elephant Day

Every day at the DSWT is World Elephant Day! But today is a chance for us to celebrate the species together and let the world know why they need our protection.

Watch as our Nursery Head Keeper, Edwin Lusichi, takes you on a journey in his life – caring for orphaned baby elephants in Nairobi, today and everyday.

For more ways to help today, please visit: http://www.dswt.org/WED

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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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The thing about elephants is…..

once you start advocating on their behalf it’s hard to stop. How do you say ” I can’t do this, it’s too hard” .So I don’t. Here forthwith is the cutest and youngest baby elephant ever rescued by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.  Watch amazing video of this baby at the end of this post.10498091_10152615433154889_1125201735462908517_o

via @DSWT Little Ndotto’s progress

Last week our teams were called to the Ndoto Mountains to rescue the tiniest baby elephant we have ever cared for.

Rescued by helicopter, this tiny bundle was delivered to the Nairobi Nursery wrapped in a blanket, his ears still petal pink. Our elephant keepers looked on in disbelief as this tiny package was unwrapped.

We named him Ndotto after his home, a beautiful and remote mountain range in northern Kenya.

Ndotto has not yet been placed on the fostering program, but we wanted to share a short film to show how he is doing a week down the line.

We thank all those people involved in saving Ndotto and the kindhearted Samburu community who went to such lengths to keep him safe.

Watch this amazing video:

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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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90% of Africa’s Elephants have been killed in the past 74 years…..

Worrisome figures in this infographic by The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and iWorry. 90% of Africa’s elephants have been killed in the past 74 years and the number of orphans they rescue keeps going up. Please SHARE this to raise awareness, and foster an orphaned elephant on the DSWT’s website at: http://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering.asp10557233_809200849111791_1691838966648479910_n

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