* Elephanatics, along with other organizations and subject-matter experts, has co-signed and supports initiatives introduced and outlined in the letter – Strenghtening the international legal framework to tackle IWT – Government of Canada written by John Scanlon, Chair, Global Initiative to End Wildlife Crime. The letter addresses the need to strengthen the international legal framework against wildlife trafficking and was sent to Canada’s Environment Minister, Steven Guilbeault, requesting the Government of Canada support an additional Protocol to the UNTOC to prevent and combat wildlife trafficking.
* Elephanatics is currently working with other organizations worldwide to prevent further exploratory drilling for oil in the Okavango Delta region in Namibia and Botswana by Canadian oil and gas company, ReconAfrica.
It is proven that the exploration of petroleum has routinely been accompanied by ecological harm, and has often been the pretext for conflicts. The Niger Delta ranks as one of the top ten most polluted places on earth with 5200 wells drilled. There is deep concern over a Canadian company, ReconAfrica, that has rights to exploratory drilling in Namibia and Botswana and the negative ramifications it will have on the environment, wildlife ecosystems, and human rights issues.Please read our letter to Prime Minister Trudeau asking for intervention from the government to prevent another environmental catastrophe that is bound to occur in the Okavango Delta.
Oil drilling threatens the Okavango River Basin, putting water in Namibia and Botswana at risk – August 2023
* Elephanatics and coalition partners continue to work with the Canadian government to ban the domestic trade of elephant ivory in Canada. change.org/IvoryFreeCanada