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Elephant poaching and materialism

Did you know 96 elephants are killed every single day in Africa?

Did you know as of 2018, there are more African elephants being killed for ivory than are being born?

And did you know that despite there being an international ban on ivory trading, there is a huge black market for it, especially in China?

Ivory is primarily used for ornaments and jewelry. It is seen as a luxurious material and exemplifies status. The tusks (teeth) of the elephants are made of ivory and in the process of poachers removing the tusks and gathering as much ivory as possible, the elephant typically dies. This is due to the fact that one third of the tusk is contained inside the elephant’s cranial cavity; therefore, the poachers often seriously injure or kill the elephant. Nearly 100 African elephants are slaughtered every single day so that worldly desires can be fulfilled! Are we really that vain that we value material over a living being? Are we really that greedy that we see something we want and believe it is our right to have a piece of their body?

How are we letting this happen?!

Ivory trading is illegal internationally, yet we see the population of elephants decline with an incredible amount of illegal hunting. In fact, elephant numbers have dropped by a jaw-dropping 62% in just the last decadeThe killer, the seller and the buyer are all guilty of the drastic decline because without demand there won’t be supply. Basic economics. So, let’s do something about it, together.

Read about it. What is ivory and what items are we purchasing that contain it? Understand the facts despite how gruesome they can be.  We must let the numbers sink in and the visuals process. It is easier to deliberately blind ourselves from the reality, but for anything to change, the truth must be faced.

Then, simply spreading the word in any which way – having conversations or posting about it on social media – creates awareness about the issue.  That conversation or post in the feed then gets embedded into people’s mind and can make an even bigger difference. I would never have known the extent of this issue had I not been hit by a sponsored post by activists. All it took was an unfiltered visual to spread the word about an incredibly important issue. It is as easy as sharing the knowledge, having conversations about it or posting about it on various platforms to make others aware of how gruesome the ivory business really is!

Another way to create change is by donating any amount to a nonprofit. Conduct proper research on the nonprofit prior to donating. Below are reference links to learn more about the nonprofits and how the funds are used.

Do your research, spread the word and donate. This is one of many issues in the world; however, if you personally feel connected to this matter, please take a step forward.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Charity Navigator: Wildlife Conservation Society Charity Navigator

GuideStar: Wildlife Conservation Society GuideStar

Donate: Wildlife Conservation Society Donation Page


African Parks

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. African Parks currently manages 12 parks, with the goal to manage 20 by 2020 which would protect more than 10 million hectares.

GuideStar: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/30-0241904

Donate: African Parks Donation Page


Big Life Foundation

Using innovative conservation strategies and collaborating closely with local communities, partner NGOs, national parks, and government agencies, Big Life seeks to protect and sustain East Africa’s wildlife and wild lands, including one of the greatest populations of elephants left in East Africa.

GuideStar: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/27-3455389

Donate: Big Life Foundation Donation Page


World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

WWF uses the best science available to link on-the-ground work with high-level policy negotiations to create lasting solutions that benefit wild animals as well as the people that live alongside them.

Charity Navigator: https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4770

GuideStar: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/52-1693387

Donate: World Wildlife Fund Donation Page

 

Elephant Poaching
Illustration: Sarah Tanat-Jones / www.theguardian.com

Karishma

 

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