DEAR WEB VISITORS,
WE ARE RUNNING AN AD CAMPAIGN ON BEHALF OF THE WORLD WILDLIFE FUND ON ALL OUR SOCIAL PLATFORMS TO RAISE AWARENESS ON THE PLIGHT OF THE AFRICAN AND ASIAN ELEPHANTS WHOSE POPULATION ARE ON A SHARP DECLINE. WE ASK THAT YOU READ THE INFORMATION BELOW AND DO WHATEVER YOU CAN TO SUPPORT WWF IN THE EFFORTS TO END THE TRADE OF IVORY AND THE SLAUGHTER OF ELEPHANTS.
Elephants play an important role in maintaining their habitat. They’re grazers and browsers, eating large amounts of vegetation every day – which helps shape the landscapes they live in. Elephants help each other in distress, grieve for their dead, and feel the same emotions as each other—just like us.
We humans are waging what amounts to a war against them because they have something we want and cannot make on our own: ivory.
People are shooting, poisoning, and spearing the animals at such a rate across the continent that some scientists already consider them "ecologically extinct." There are now fewer than 500,000 wild African elephants—maybe no more than half that number—and barely 32,000 Asian elephants.
- 50% DECLINE IN ASIA OVER 3 GENERATIONS
– 90% AFRICAN ELEPHANT LOST IN PAST CENTURY
MAIN CAUSES OF MAJOR DECLINE IN GLOBAL ELEPHANT POPULATION:
- HUMAN-ELEPHANT CONFLICT: Crop-raiding elephants can cause loss of income, food and even lives. Farmers sometimes kill elephants to protect their family or income.
- HABITAT LOSS: As the human population grows, more and more wildlife habitat is lost or fragmented.
- POACHING: Around 20,000 African elephants are poached every year. Across their range, elephants are killed for their tusks, meat and skin.
- ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE: The illegal trade in elephant ivory is at its highest level for 20 years.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1) TAKE ACTION TO STOP IVORY TRADE
Call on the UK government to help stop the elephant poaching crisis and to take a stand for Elephants by:
- Banning the elephant ivory trade in the UK
– Using UK political influence to ensure that key ivory markets overseas are shut down
– Calling for sentencing guidelines in England and Wales to ensure that wildlife trade criminals are effectively punished
WWF will use your name to show the UK government that the public wants urgent action to bring an end to elephant poaching.
To sign the petition visit: https://www.wwf.org.uk/campaigns/stopivorytrade
2) ADOPT AN ELEPHANT
The magnificent elephant is under threat; around 55 African elephants are killed a day for their tusks. Key populations are in decline due to poaching and a shrinking habitat.
In Asia, elephants have disappeared from approximately 85% of their historic range. While in Africa, poaching is an ever-present threat. Shockingly, more African elephants are now being poached than born.
Animal adoptions gives WWF a huge boost to their work. They help fund WWF work to protect elephant habitat, reduce poaching and address human-elephant conflict. They also help fund other vital work around the world.
To adopt an Elephant visit: https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-elephant