Global March for Elephants & Rhinos – Toronto has joined the Ivory-Free Canada coalition led by Elephanatics. Supporting partners also include Humane Society International/Canada,
the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and World Elephant Day.
More than 400,000 have signed! Help us get to 500,000 by World Elephant Day on August 12th!
The ongoing slaughter of African elephants for their tusks has decimated elephant populations. Today, this magnificent animal is highly endangered and on the brink of extinction.
Even so, Canada is one of the few remaining countries where the trade in ivory is still legal. An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed every year for their ivory. Since 1980, the number of elephants in Africa has fallen to just over 400,000 from 1.3 million. At this rate, elephants will be erased from the wild within our lifetimes.
Shockingly, Canada is directly contributing to the destruction of one of the planet’s most iconic species by keeping the ivory market open for business.
Canada also permits elephant trophy imports. Between 2007 and 2016, Canada allowed the legal importation of 83 trophy elephants, 434 elephant skulls, and 260 elephant feet.
Please join the Ivory-Free Canada coalition and tell our government to end the legal domestic trade of ivory. Look for our campaign #IvoryFreeCanada
Here’s what you can do:
*Sign our petition!
More than 400,000 have signed already – thank you! If you haven’t added your name yet, help us get to 500,000 signatures by World Elephant Day on August 12th.
*Trumpet the issue on social media! Watch for us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share widely using hashtag #IvoryFreeCanada!
Thanks for joining our herd! 🐘🐘🐘
TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IVORY TRADE, PLEASE VISIT OUR WILD FACTS PAGE.
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HOW ELSE CAN YOU HELP?
Sometimes we can feel helpless to save elephants, rhinos, and other endangered species that live a world away. But there are ways to help! And help we must. Together, we can make a real change. Please join our events (see our Events webpage) and TAKE ACTION in any or all of the following ways. Be the voice for the voiceless and ever give up fighting! #ExtinctionIsNotAnOption
Help elephants #BeHerd and join the STAMPede 96 Elephants.
Sign petitions - they often work with enough signatures!
Attend protests and marches like our Global March for Elephants & Rhinos!
Write a letter to our federal government to ask that Canada end the domestic trade of ivory. Write letters to companies that sell ivory, as well as to safari companies and event hosts based in Canada that offer trophy hunting expeditions that kill endangered species.
Do not buy ivory or other wildlife products. Be an elephant aware consumer.
Be aware of elephant habitat. Do not buy coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephant habitats. Only buy wood products that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which promotes responsible management of the world’s forests – the natural habitat for elephants and other wildlife.
Study elephants in their “keystone” role in the environment and interrelationships with plants and other animals because all of nature is interconnected.
Visit elephants in countries where they live in the wild – tourism benefits the economy, provides needed jobs, deters poachers and abuse, and gives you the opportunity to experience the beauty, intelligence, and emotional capacity of these magnificent giants.
If you wish to experience elephants in their natural environment, choose eco-tourism operators who support local elephant conservation projects and who treat elephants with respect and dignity.
Learn about and support organizations that are working to protect habitat for wild elephants and finding solutions for human-elephant conflict.
Support organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products.
Support organizations that are protecting wild elephant habitat.
Support organizations that are building natural sanctuaries and alternative habitat for domesticated elephants to live freely.
Do not support organizations that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit.
Support healthy, alternative, sustainable livelihoods for people who have traditionally relied on elephants, wild animals and natural resources. Learn about indigenous cultures that have traditionally lived in harmony with elephants.
Talk about elephants at your school. Initiate an elephant study group to share knowledge and ideas about the plight of elephants and what can be done to ensure their survival into the future.
What do you love about elephants? Their intelligence, empathy and caring for one another are just a few of their qualities. Embrace these qualities and live them in your own life.
Global March for Elephants & Rhinos - Toronto supports the following organizations:
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Elephant Nature Park
Global Elephant Sanctuary
Born Free Foundation
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary (BLES)