by Tomie Poodle March. 20, 2010 5003 views

petition to protect elephants from ivory poachers [avaaz.org]

Dear friends,

The worldwide UN ban on ivory trading could soon be lifted – a decision that could wipe out Africa's vulnerable elephants. But a number of a African nations are pushing to uphold the ban. Let's send them a stampede of support to save the elephants. Sign the skyrocketing petition below, and forward this email widely:

Sign the petition!
Wow – the petition to protect endangered elephants from ivory poachers is exploding – in just over 72 hours, more than 300,000 of us have signed the call to the UN to uphold the ban on ivory trading and save whole populations of these magnificent animals. The crucial UN vote is expected this week.

Tanzania and Zambia are lobbying the UN for special exemptions from the ban, but this would send a clear signal to the ivory crime syndicates that international protection is weakening and it's open-season on elephants. Another group of African states have countered by calling to extend the trade ban for 20 years.

Our best chance to save the continent's remaining elephants is to support African conservationists. We only have days left and the UN Endangered Species body only meets every 3 years. Click below to sign our urgent petition to protect elephants, and forward this email widely – the petition will be delivered to the UN meeting in Doha:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/protect_the_elephants/?vl [avaaz.org]

Over 20 years ago, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) passed a worldwide ban on ivory trading. Poaching fell, and ivory prices slumped. But poor enforcement coupled with'experimental one-off sales', like the one Tanzania and Zambia are seeking, drove poaching up and turned illegal trade into a lucrative business – poachers can launder their illegal ivory with the legal stockpiles.

Now, despite the worldwide ban, each year over 30,000 elephants are gunned down and their tusks hacked off by poachers with axes and chainsaws. If Tanzania and Zambia are successful in exploiting the loophole, this awful trade could get much worse.

We have a one-off chance this week to extend the worldwide ban and repress poaching and trade prices before we lose even more elephant populations – sign the petition now and then forward it widely:

Across the world's cultures and throughout our history elephants have been revered in religions and have captured our imagination – Babar, Dumbo, Ganesh, Airavata, Erawan. But today these beautiful and highly intelligent creatures are being annihilated.

As long as there is demand for ivory, elephants are at risk from poaching and smuggling – but this week we have a chance to protect them and crush the ivory criminals' profits – sign the petition now:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/protect_the_elephants/? [avaaz.org]

With hope,

Paul, Alice, Iain, Ricken, Graziela, Raluca, Luis, Paula Benjamin, David, Ben and the rest of the Avaaz team

More information:

Partners at Bloody Ivory and Born Free:

http://www.bloodyivory.org/ [bloodyivory.org]

http://www.bornfree.org.uk/ [bornfree.org.uk]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species: http://www.cites.org [cites.org]


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taking the hats of their owners…

sit down!

he is 1 years old…poor boy!

sit down on toilets!!

on 3 legs…

on 2 legs…i hope he will not try on 1 leg!

drawing! he really does!!!

nice! isn't it?

their gallery! of course to sell…

playing basket…

1 point!!! do you see the ball?

playing music!

and walking tourists..

now i feel a bit tired..

does the show must go on? i saw how they tame elephants, it'scruel ..! they abuse them.

i'm lucky to be a poodle!

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Lynn 7 years, 7 months ago

Great post...beautiful animals and this gives you a lot to think about!!!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Péter Somogyvári 7 years, 7 months ago

I admired the elephants always!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Milton Jacob 7 years, 7 months ago

exceptional post. thanks for the information attached with

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Brian 7 years, 7 months ago

Some amazing captures here. It makes you wonder how their lives truly are and what they must go through to learn these tricks.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Eiram Marie 7 years, 7 months ago

Very interesting post! and sad...

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Marsha 7 years, 7 months ago

Excellent photos with great color and composition....these are beautiful animals and you captured them very well in this situation. My first impression is sadness, especially when I read how they are abused. They seem like intelligent creatures - so unfair and unkind for them to be subdued in this way. Thanks for sharing this and also the information about the ivory ban possibly being lifted....

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Yokai 7 years, 7 months ago

What a great set, Tomie!! I enjoyed the pictures very much!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Pandka 7 years, 7 months ago

Great idea! Last shot I like the best, as it is the most natural...

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Contesina 7 years, 7 months ago

Excellent post, Tomie!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Damihaela 7 years, 7 months ago

Woooow!! Magnificent and very interesting! This post is fantastic! Great job Tomie!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Boszorka65 7 years, 7 months ago

Nicely done my friend.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Carol 7 years, 7 months ago

This elephant show is magnificent !!!!!!!!!!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jennye 7 years, 7 months ago

fantastic post!!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Domã©Lia 7 years, 7 months ago

beau reportage, merci !

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Livelovelaugh 7 years, 7 months ago

As entertaining as these poor animals are, you're right, it is cruel. But we accept this type of entertainment because it does feed mouths. I am in shock that they are thinking of lifting the ban. I will go to the website. Thanks.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Christa 7 years, 7 months ago

Je viens de voter et je vais passer le site à mes amis. Tes photos sont fantastiques, de plus comme toutes les autres de ton voyage passionnant, mais pour être honnête, je préfère voir les animaux dans leurs habitats naturels, particulièrement des animaux si nobles comme les éléphants.
J'aimais monter un chameau pendent mes vacances, mais j'ai aussi eu pitié d'eux en voyant comme ils étaient traités avec peu de respect.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Lynda 7 years, 7 months ago

Incredible pictures and words

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Kaitlyn 7 years, 7 months ago

Nicely done Tomie

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 7 years, 7 months ago

Beautiful photos, Tomie!nice and sad!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 7 years, 7 months ago

Thanks so much for posting this and this information, Tomie. Absolutely we need to support the protection of these beautiful creatures.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 7 months ago

Very interesting post. I think we are all in agreement about confining wild animals for our amusement is sad. I would hate to see the ban on ivory lifted, I'll take a look at your link.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Jumiella 7 years, 7 months ago

Great post with very important issue. Beautiful photos, Tomie!

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Tomie Poodle 7 years, 7 months ago

firehorsecri, thanks for your informations..
i don't think they like to play the clown...i saw how they tame elephants, it'scruel ..! they abuse them, though i understand it's the only way to earn their life.

7 years, 7 months ago Edited
Gonia 7 years, 7 months ago

pictures are brilliant, but i have ixed feelings watching them.I don't like when elephants or other animals do what man forced it to do.people earn money owing to them, but they are not happy drawing.....People are really crazy!more than other animals.did you ride elephant Maxi?

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