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Elephanatics presents – Ivory Is For Elephants – elephants and their importance to the global community and environment

The numbers are staggering as we learn that humanity is responsible for a decrease in animal populations worldwide of 68% in the past 50 years.  At a time when more than 1 million animals are at risk of extinction, the links between human health and the health of the planet couldn’t be clearer, as evidenced by our current pandemic. Seventy percent of emerging viral diseases are caused by human/wildlife interface. The biggest issues facing the global community today are losses to biodiversity. Loss of wildlife affects ecosystems we all rely on to keep us healthy. Learn more about how elephants help preserve our natural world and why poaching, human-elephant conflict, and illegal trade is related to our own survival.
Tune in September 21st  and get inspired to save elephants!
Speakers – Dr. Rene Beyers, PhD / Conservationist / Advisor Elephanatics
Melanie Reding, Educator / Advisor Elephanatics
* Exploring By The Seat Of Your Pants is an online educational program that aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, explorers and conservationists by bringing science, exploration, adventure and conservation live into classrooms through virtual speakers and field trips with leading experts across the globe.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-5-R616REU

Paul Rodgers Rocks for Elephants on #WorldElephantDay

Paul is a Rock and Roll legend and a Platinum-selling Singer, Songwriter & Self-taught Multi-instrumentalist. He has Written, Recorded, Produced and Released 30 albums since 1968
* Sold over 90 million records
* Formed and led 3 bands to worldwide success: Free, Bad Company, & The Firm
* Grammy Nominated Solo Career

He was the lead singer for Queen for 4 years and has Recorded/Performed with Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, Joe Walsh, Slash, Nils Lofgren, Charlie Watts, Bryan Adams, Stax Recording artist Sam Moore, The Four Tops and many others.

Check out his bio at: https://www.paulrodgers.com/bio/

The #Elephants Trumpet in unison and Thank You!

Rock On Paul!

Paul – “I’ve been nominated for the Make A Million challenge for elephants. There are a million reasons why we cannot lose elephants to ivory poaching and trophy hunting. The recent pandemic is also part of the illegal wildlife trade that must end.
Please sign the petition for an Ivory-Free Canada at
http://www.Change.org/MakeAMillion. Let’s Make a Million signatures by World Elephant Day on August 12.

Watch his video in the link below for Elephanatics and #WorldElephantDay

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Let’s Celebrate World Elephant Day together – Paul Rodgers

#WorldElephantDay2020 Covid-19 creates catastrophe

Press Release                                                                                                                               

Vancouver, BC – August 10, 2020

COVID-19 creates catastrophe for elephants and rangers as tourism shuts down

As the ninth annual World Elephant Day approaches on August 12, elephants already facing extinction from poaching take on a new foe – COVID-19.

Elephants are impacted by COVID-19 largely due to its impact on humanity. The loss of tourism to the elephant-populated areas of Africa and Asia is having dire consequences for elephant conservation, and the people who help protect them. A lack of tourists, and therefore funding, is causing a resurgence in poaching, human-elephant conflict, and the bush meat trade in Africa; and is leaving Asian elephants to suffer in captivity from lack of food and adequate medical care.

Rangers are facing some of the toughest challenges from COVID-19. Stretched to the limit for resources, many elephant conservation organizations have had to let go the very people in charge of protecting elephants.

World Elephant Day was created to raise awareness of several threats to the world’s largest mammal. Founder Patricia Sims, a Canadian filmmaker and conservationist states, “The pandemic that has ravaged the world has put a perilous amount of pressure on elephants and rangers.”

Once a population of 12 million in the early 1900s, African elephants now number only 400,000 or less. Asian elephants are even more endangered with around 35,000 left.

Elephants are a keystone species, meaning several other animals and plants rely on them to survive. They are also powerful climate change mitigators, making room for smaller vegetation to grow and spreading seeds in their manure, thus playing a critical role in maintaining the health and biodiversity of ecosystems.

Fran Duthie, the president of Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver, says, “The legal and illegal wildlife trade is one of the causes of the COVID-19 pandemic that continues worldwide. Wildlife trade must end.”

Paul Rodgers, a British-Canadian singer and musician said, “It’s hard to believe there is still poaching and trophy hunting today. Blues legend Willie Dixon said: “Once we know better, we can do better”. So now we know better, let’s do better.”

The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition, including Humane Society International/Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, World Elephant Day, Elephanatics, and Global March for Elephants & Rhinos – Toronto, is asking the Canadian government to make the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal. The petition at change.org/IvoryFreeCanada is approaching 600,000 signatures. The goal is to reach one million signatures by World Elephant Day, after which they will be presented to the government.

About World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day was founded by Canadian filmmaker Patricia Sims and the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation of Thailand, on August 12, 2012. World Elephant Day’s mission is to raise awareness and ignite action to save elephants from extinction by educating the global public about the plight of African and Asian elephants and the conservation solutions required to protect them.

About Elephanatics

Their mission is to assist global elephant conservation efforts by educating Canadians about issues of ivory poaching, habitat loss, and the continued exploitation of elephants by humans, and to connect Canadians directly with elephant conservation partners in Africa and Asia.

Media Contacts

World Elephant Day

 

 

 

Patricia Sims
info@worldelephantday.org
250-516-9896

Elephanatics

 

 

 

Fran Duthie
elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com
604-897-7614

FACT SHEET

Every year approximately 20,000 African elephants are killed for their tusks. Over the course of a century, wild elephant populations have dropped by a shocking 97%. Conservation research clearly shows that the world’s largest land animal will disappear from the wild within our lifetime if demand for ivory is not reduced. It is estimated that fewer than 400,000 African elephants remain.

Asian elephants are an endangered species on the IUCN Red List, with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide. The elephants face extensive loss of habitat, due to the encroachment of growing human populations and deforestation. They are also killed for their ivory, meat, and body parts; while young elephants are removed from their herd and their natural environment for use in the tourism industry.

How To Get Involved

 

 

Take The Elephant Trumpet Challenge

Take The Elephant Trumpet Challenge to Make It A Million Signatures!

We are excited to announce the Make It A Million promotion for the Ivory-FreeCanada petition! We have almost reached 600,000 signatures and we want to Make It A Million by World Elephant Day on August 12. Please help by taking the Elephant Trumpet Challenge at: https://elephanatics.org/makeitamillion/

Help us Make It A Million for elephants by World Elephant Day on August 12!

Help us Make It A Million for elephants by World Elephant Day on August 12!

change.org/IvoryFreeCanada

The Ivory-Free Canada Coalition includes Humane Society International/Canada, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, World Elephant Day, Elephanatics, and Global March for Elephants & Rhinos–Toronto. The coalition and almost 600,000 people have signed the Ivory-Free Canada petition asking the Canadian government to make the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal, including hunting trophies. Our goal is to have a million signatures by World Elephant Day.

Approximately every 20 minutes an elephant is illegally killed for its ivory. Within our lifetime elephants will be extinct in the wild unless countries act decisively now to close all trade.

Plummeting elephant population figures tell the dismal and heartbreaking story of their systemic decimation, both through illegal poaching, trophy hunting and government inaction on the elephants’ behalf.

In the early 1900’s there were approximately 12 million elephants in Africa. Today there are only around 400,000 left. The threats elephants face – beside poaching and hunting – are numerous, including human-wildlife conflict, climate change, war and conflict, and the increased fragmentation of their territory.

In 2016 the IUCN World Conservation Congress determined that all countries should close their domestic trade of ivory. In addition, the African Elephant Coalition which consists of 32 elephant-range countries, has urgently requested all countries to immediately close their ivory trade.

Ten countries have banned their domestic ivory trade including France, China, UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Israel. Ten US states have also followed suit.

The question is, why hasn’t Canada?

The horrifying exploitation of wildlife has consequences for everyone. 70% of zoonotic diseases originate from wildlife by the transmission of pathogens from exploited wildlife to humans. The illegal wildlife trade is one of the causes of the COVID19 pandemic that continues worldwide. Domestic elephant ivory trade in Canada fuels this illegal wildlife trade and must end. The destruction of elephants – these highly intelligent, emotionally complex, family-oriented, and environmentally significant species – is devastating not just for them but for the ecosystem they are inextricably a part of. That we are all a part of. We are one world, one ecosystem.

It is more important than ever that Canada makes the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal, including hunting trophies. When Canadians speak, the government will listen.

Please help us help elephants. We can make a difference for them together.

Thank you.

Drink wine and save elephants!

We are so excited to announce that Elephant Island Winery and Elephanatics have joined forces to help elephants affected by Covid-19. Buy 1 case of wine (your choice of ANY 12 bottles), enjoy free shipping and we receive a $12 donation. Order 2 cases, get free shipping and we receive a $30 donation. Offer is from June 1 – 30 only!

The award-winning Elephant Island Winery in Naramata, BC, has 4 fabulous fruit wines, 4 dessert wines, 3 ciders, 2 sparkling wines, a Chardonnay, Merlot, Cab/Merlot, Viognier and Port.

Buy local, support BC and 100% of funds raised will be split between the Elephant Nature Park (to feed hungry elephants due to no tourism, both at ENP and other camps in Thailand) and Mara Elephant Project (to fund anti-poaching patrols in Kenya where no tourism has increased poaching).

To order, go to www.elephantislandwine.com, click “Buy Wine”, fill in the number of bottles you want, and at checkout use promo code ELEPHANATICS12 (for a 1 case order) or ELEPHANATICS30 (for 2 cases).  Bottoms up!

Open letter WHO Wildlife Trade and Covid-19

In conjunction with hundreds of other international organizations, Elephanatics is signatory to Asia for Animals letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations, asking for stricter enforcement and legislation to #EndWildlifeMarkets.

@Asiaforanimals

Read letter below:

Correspondent:Mr Gilbert M. Sape
Global Head of Campaign – Bears and Traditional Medicine

World Animal Protection
Email: GilbertSape@worldanimalprotection.org

Joint open letter to:

6th April 2020
Dear Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Dr Zhang Qi,

COVID-19: Health risks and wildlife1 markets – the need for a permanent global ban on wildlife markets and a highly precautionary approach to wildlife trade.

The undersigned organizations acknowledge and commend the World Health Organisation’s current efforts to contain the pandemic spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

….continue reading in link below:

Open letter WHO Wildlife Trade and Covid-19 (Global) updated APR2020

Send a Letter and Tweet for Mother Earth on Earth Day

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Wednesday, April 22, 2020
12:30 AM – 11:30 PM
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Dear Elephanatics Supporters,
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We hope this message finds you all safe from this pandemic that has swept the world with a vengeance! 
Elephanatics has taken part in a global campaign to #EndWildlifeMarkets and #EndCovid in conjunction with many other international organizations worldwide.
The wildlife markets in China are the prime suspect for the current pandemic that is killing people at an unprecedented rate and have been the cause of other pathological diseases such as SARS and MERS.

The Coronavirus or COVID-19 epidemic has prompted China to permanently ban the trade of wild animals as food, but, unfortunately, not for medicinal use. Pangolins are suspected as a potential Coronavirus host but it has not yet been determined exactly what has caused COVID-19. The decision to ban the trade in wildlife, however, does not ban trade for fur, medicine or research. 

“This creates potential loopholes for traffickers who may exploit the non-food exemptions to sell or trade live wildlife,” stated Wildlife Conservation Society.  There is a large trade in wildlife that is not related to consumption. Traditional Chinese Medicine is controlled by the government and pangolin scales are used widely in this medicine, which leaves room for illegal activity to take place due to the loophole in the ban. 

The cruelty and conditions in which animals are subjected to in wildlife markets are beyond horrific. Placed in cages for days and mixed together with open sores and wounds and then killed on-site with their blood mixing are all cause for infectious diseases to manifest and propagate.
The link between wildlife markets, illegal wildlife trade, and Traditional Chinese Medicine are synonymous and cohesive in effect. Trafficking of wildlife and their body parts and their use as medicines must end to prevent further pandemics and for the prevention of extinction, especially of the pangolin that is the most trafficked animal in the world. By ending these markets you will be assisting in preventing poaching and curbing the illegal wildlife trade. 
“The next pandemic is already coming, unless humans change how we interact with wildlife, scientists say” – Washington Post.
We encourage you to take the time to participate in sharing the letter and tweets on the link above.
Together we can #EndWildlifeMarkets and #EndCovid.

Donation Recipient #3: WFFT Elephant Refuge – Thailand

Donation Recipient #3: WFFT Elephant Refuge – Thailand
Thailand has approx. 2,000 wild and 3,000 captive elephants. The Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand opened in 2001 to rescue, rehabilitate and release many species of captive wild animals. The ones that cannot survive in the wild (currently around 1,000) are given a loving, permanent home. The center is 2.5 hours drive south of Bangkok.
The Elephant Refuge at WFFT cares for 25 elephants. Each has been rescued from an abusive past of tourist rides, street begging or illegal logging. They are all chain-free, enjoying huge enclosures up to 5 hectares and long walks in the surrounding forest.
Elephanatic’s $2000 donation will feed 10 elephants for a month! This includes Thong Poon, a confidant and curious 25 year old lady rescued from a trekking camp in Pattaya. Her two front legs were hobbled in chains, with no access to water and in direct sunlight daily. She had also given birth to two calves which were taken away from her, causing her to be very aggressive and unpredictable. As you can see she is very happy now at www.thaielephantrefuge.org where you can volunteer and meet her!

(สำหรับภาษาไทยเลื่อนอ่านข้างล่าง) After Thong Poon moved to her brand new enclosure for more than 48 hours, she began to adjust and enjoy walking, grazing, s…

Donation Recipient #2: Kulen elephant Forest Sanctuary

Donation Recipient #2: Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary
The future of Cambodia’s elephant population is dire. There are only 400 wild and 75 captive elephants. When elephant riding was banned at Angkor Wat, Kulen took in all 14 of these over-worked and tired pachyderms. Now they roam free in a protected forest of 1,100 acres where the sanctuary resides.
Outgoing and active Chi Mean (40 years) and curious, dominant Chi Ole (37) are best friends at Kulen. They were caught from the wild and worked together in a village and then Angkor Wat. Now happily retired, these two gals are inseparable. At Kulen they are allowed to sleep beside each other, so literally spend 24/7 together which they love.
Elephanatic’s donation of $2,000 will feed Chi Mean and Chi Ole, as well as the two other lady elephants they hang out with, for one month.
When travel is again an option, this sanctuary offers 3 elephant experiences where you learn about elephants as you follow them through their natural habitat, observing their relationships and behaviors. www.kulenforest.asia