Target: Elephant Angels
Goal: Thank a group of schoolchildren for working to educate their communities on the destructive illegal ivory trade
The largest destruction of illegal ivory was made possible through the efforts of three young girls in Hong Kong. Yet, before tackling elephant poaching at the government level, these girls started in their own communities, building awareness of the horrifying reality of the illegal ivory trade in one of its most active ports.
After Nellie Shute, at age twelve, learned of the devastating toll of poaching on elephant populations, her school project focused on the issue inspired her fellow classmates to go home and educate their parents, many of whom owned ivory products. Seeing the difference she could make, she reached out to the anti-poaching organization Elephant Voices, writing a letter that generated over 600 comments and shares on Facebook. She also created her own elephant stationary to raise two hundred and fifty dollars, which she donated toward the care of an orphaned baby elephant at the David Shedrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya.
Nine-year-old Christina Seigrist and eleven-year-old Lucy Lan Skrine learned of the tragedy of poaching through participating in conservation programs and watching documentary film, and joined with Shute in September 2013 to form Elephant Angels. The group’s petition to the government for the destruction of Hong Kong’s ivory stockpile, delivered on January 22, 2014, was followed the next day by the Hong Kong government’s announcement that it would destroy 95 percent of the nearly 30 ton stockpile. The group has also succeeded in pressuring Hong Kong’s second largest ivory retailer to stop selling ivory as of July 7, 2014.
Please sign the petition below, and recognize the immense accomplishments and service Ms.’s Shute, Seigrist and Skrine have demonstrated. Their actions call upon us all to do our part to protect our planet’s amazing wildlife for the next generation.
Dear Elephant Angels,
I am writing to thank you for your outstanding efforts to raise awareness among your communities about the true origins of illegal ivory. You have successfully petitioned the government of Hong Kong to enact the world’s largest destruction of illegal ivory. Reminding companies of their social responsibility, you have also convinced the second largest retailer of ivory to stop sales of ivory products.
Throughout your efforts to halt elephant poaching, you have demonstrated in your leadership a combination of persistence, wisdom, and courage that is truly inspiring. Yet, not only have your actions exhibited leadership, but you have helped create new leaders in the protection of wildlife within your communities as well. I applaud you for your immense accomplishments so far, and wish you the best of luck in the pursuit of your mission.
[Your Name Here]
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