Elephanatics

20,000 elephants are killed every year

Sign the petition that will also go to the government. We need as many signatures as possible (Canadian or international citizens)! Let’s get to 200K signatures! Share it on facebook and twitter.

Giving Elephants a Voice on World Elephant Day

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GIVING ELEPHANTS A VOICE ON WORLD ELEPHANT DAY

August 7, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – With World Elephant Day fast approaching, Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver, wants to stomp out legislation that still allows elephant ivory to be sold within Canada. August 12 is World Elephant Day and they state there is no better way to celebrate the world’s largest land animal than by asking the Canadian Government to close the legal domestic trade in elephant ivory.

“Each year over 20,000 elephants are killed for their ivory. By banning the trade of elephant ivory in Canada we are saying no to poaching, which is the largest threat to this species right now”, says Fran Duthie, president of Elephanatics. “The #ivoryfreecampaign aims to put pressure on the government to change legislation. The best way to do that is through the voices and support of fellow Canadians.”

Elephanatics currently has a petition available at elephanatics.org urging the government to ban the trade in elephant ivory in order to help change the fate of thousands of elephants each year. Tessa Vanderkop, advocacy director for Elephanatics says, “The United Kingdom was one of the biggest hubs for ivory sales and has enforced some of the toughest legislation to ban ivory. It’s time for Canada to step up to the plate and do the right thing.”

On March 14, Elephanatics sent a letter to Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, asking the federal government to close the domestic trade of elephant ivory in

Canada. The letter was backed by 95 national and international signatories including International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Big Life Foundation, Wildlife Direct and Dr. Richard Leakey.

Although elephants do not live in Canada’s backyard, Canadian people can prevent the looming extinction of these iconic creatures by signing the petition. Over 192,000 people have already signed to end this cruel trade. Elephanatics is determined to reach 200,000 signatures by World Elephant Day on August 12. They hope to attract the eyes and hearts of the federal government to create an elephant ivory-free Canada. To help them reach their goal, the public can sign and share the petition.

Elephanatics

Elephanatics is a Vancouver-based elephant advocacy organization that promotes the long-term survival of African and Asian elephants through conservation, education and action.

Media Contact

Tessa Vanderkop – Director of Advocacy 604-789-8886 elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

Elephants Like Too Party Too! Pub Night

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Hello!

We are Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy organization in Vancouver. Our mission is to raise awareness of the poaching crisis in Africa and the unethical tourism trade in Asia.

We strive to educate people through various mediums of outreach. The last four years we hosted the Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. This year we are hosting a burger and beer fundraiser at Library Square Public House. It’s a fun night where you can eat, drink, socialize and help save elephants!

Your ticket will include a burger, a beer and a donation. 100% of the net money raised will be sent to the Mara Elephant Project in Kenya. The project uses anti-poaching rangers, the collaring and monitoring of elephants, and the separation of farmers and elephants to save and protect African elephants from extinction. There will also be a fabulous silent auction for you to bid on and some light entertainment.

Please invite your friends, family and anyone who loves elephants to help support a good cause and have a good time doing so! You will help stop the death of up to 20,000 elephants every year in Africa.

Thank you for checking us out. We look forward to seeing you in October!

Go to this link to purchase tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/elephants-like-to-party-too-pub-night-tickets-48150451296#

– Elephanatics

Ride A Bike Not An Elephant at Khatsahlano Days!

Great turn out for our ‘Ride a Bike not an Elephant ‘ event at #KhatsahlanoDays
Learn more about the unethical tourism trade at http://www. Elephanatics.org
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A big ‘THANK YOU’ to all the volunteers who came out to help and support our cause. A special thank you to https://pedegoelectricbikes.ca/dealers/pedego-electric-bikes-vancouver/ for lending us one of their fantabulous electric bikes!

You are all #elephantamazing!

Khatsahlano Days July 7th

Come join the fun at the annual Khatsahlano Street Party. Local bands, artisans, food trucks, giveaways and more! Look for the Elephanatics tent where we will be promoting our “Ride A Bike Not An Elephant” campaign to protect elephants from the unethical tourism industry. Our very popular “Ride A Bike Not An Elephant” t-shirts will be for sale for $30, as well as other cute elephant items. 100% of the net profit will go to free an abused elephant to a sanctuary in Asia. Get your photo taken with our awesome 2-metre, blow-up elephant! Free temporary tattoos and lots of elephant information! Hope to see you there! 🙂
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Gelato Sales = Success for #Elephants

Another successful gelato sale at Killarney Secondary School. A huge shout out to all the students in the Elephanatics club who took time from their busy year-end schedules to raise awareness and money for #elephants. A special BIG ‘Thank You’ to teacher, Tess Elia whose dedication and commitment made it all happen. We are so very grateful to all of you.

Elephanatics SPRING 2018 Newsletter

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United Kingdom and Taiwan Announce Tough Ban on Trade of Elephant Ivory. Will Canada Follow Suit?

On March 14th Elephanatics sent a letter to Minister McKenna asking her to enact legislation to close the legal domestic trade of elephant ivory in Canada. This last week both the United Kingdom and Taiwan announced they were implementing strict domestic trade bans. The following release was sent to media asking if the Canadian government might follow suit?

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Vancouver, BC – Elephanatics, an elephant advocacy non-profit group in Vancouver, was thrilled with Tuesday’s announcement that the United Kingdom will enact one of the strictest bans on domestic elephant ivory trade in the world. Only a few narrow exceptions will be allowed and violators will face up to five years in jail or an unlimited fine.

Response to the call for a global ban on domestic ivory markets was strengthened even further by Tuesday’s announcement that Taiwan plans to close its internal trade to help shut down illegal ivory markets worldwide.

On March 14, Elephanatics sent a letter to Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, asking the federal government to close the domestic trade of elephant ivory in Canada. The letter was backed by 95 national and international signatories including International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International, Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, The Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Big Life Foundation, Wildlife Direct and Dr Richard Leakey, to name a few.

The following members of parliament have lent their support to the letter: Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Beaches-East York) and Fin Donnelly (Port Moody-Coquitlam). Solicitor General, the Honorable Mike Farnworth (Port Coquitlam) and member of the Legislative Assembly, Jane Thornthwaite (North Vancouver-Seymour) also signed.

In addition, over 140,000 people have signed Elephanatic’s petition asking the Canadian government to ban the legal domestic trade of elephant ivory in Canada. The petition is here.

The illegal trade of ivory is decimating one of the world’s most iconic keystone species, bringing it to the brink of extinction. Even worse is the heavy involvement of criminal networks where the money funds militant and terrorist groups such as the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda, Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia.

Fran Duthie, President of Elephanatics says, “We would like to see the Canadian government enable legislation as soon as possible to end the legal domestic trade of elephant ivory. In light of the recent news of the UK closing its local ivory trade with minor exemptions and China, France and the US enacting strict bans on their ivory trade, Canada needs to take a leading stance beside the rest of the international community and ban all domestic trade in elephant ivory.”

Every year approximately 20,000 African elephants are killed for their ivory. There has been a 97% decline in their population in the last century with an estimated 415,000 remaining. Conservationists and scientists estimate they will be extinct in the wild within 20 years if the rate of poaching does not change.

Elephanatics looks forward to the government’s response to their letter submitted to the Minister on March 14.

About Elephanatics:
Elephanatics is a Vancouver-based elephant advocacy organization that promotes the long-term survival of African and Asian elephants through conservation, education and action.

Media Contact:

Tessa Vanderkop – Director of Advocacy
604-789-8886
elephanaticsinfo@gmail.com

Thank You to the 95 Signatories on the Letter to Government

Elephanatics would like to recognise the 95 Canadian and international animal advocacy organisations, Members of the BC Legislature and Parliament of Canada, scientists and environmentalists who co-signed our letter to the Canadian government. The #ivoryfreecanada letter was sent on March 14, 2018 and urged the government for a ban on the import, export, re-export and domestic trade of all elephant ivory.

Some of the signatories include BC SPCA, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, Big Life Foundation, Born Free, World Elephant Day, Stop Ivory and African Wildlife Foundation. Noted elephant research scientists Dr Richard Leakey, Dr Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, Dr Joyce Poole and Dr Cynthia Moss also put their name to the letter.

We are gratified for the support of all the signatories – particularly the elephant community around the world. The signatories did not stop at just signing the letter. The Elephant Protection Initiative also sent a letter echoing our requests to the Canadian government. Most groups highlighted the #ivoryfreecanada campaign on their facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Some also featured it on their websites, e-newsletters and press releases to the media.

This kind of campaign cannot be successful without the backing of these noted organisations and individuals. We also cannot show the government that an ivory ban is wanted by the majority of Canadians without the support of the public. Enclosed with our letter to government is a link to our online petition. It has garnered over 130,000+ signatures and is growing every minute!

Thank you #ivoryfreecanada letter signatories!

Sign the #ivoryfreecanada Petition

Did you know that it is legal to sell elephant ivory within Canada? And that under certain conditions, you can bring elephant hunting trophies into Canada? Meanwhile 20,000 elephants are being slaughtered every year, mostly to poach their ivory. If you would like to see a ban on the domestic trade as well as the import, export and re-export of all elephant ivory, please sign our petition here that will go to the government.