End the Slaughter of African Elephants

An elephant herd, led by a Magnificent 'Tusker' bull at a waterhole in the Addo Elephant National Park.

Target: Professor Judi Wakhungu, Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Water & Natural Resources, Kenya

Goal: End illegal elephant poaching in Kenya.

Approximately 36,000 elephants are killed annually – that’s roughly 100 per day or one every 15 minutes. In Central Africa, the elephant population has declined by 64 percent in the past decade. New births are unable to keep pace with the killings and African elephants could be extinct as soon as 2025.

Elephants are complex, highly intelligent, and very social animals. They are the largest animals on land, weighing between 5,000-14,000 pounds and standing as tall as 13 feet. Their trunks are used to draw in water that they then shoot into their mouths. Their ears are used to regulate their body temperature. Elephants care for the sick in a herd and even engage in death rituals when a loved herd member dies. They need their tusks for fighting, feeding, and playing.

Kenya’s elephant population is about 38,000. Due to increased ivory demand, African elephants could become extinct in the next few decades. Most of the demand comes from Asia, specifically China’s rising middle class, many of whom are unaware that elephants are killed for their tusks. This increased demand keeps ivory prices high on the black market. Kenya is enacting strong measures to stem the demand for ivory such as burning confiscated ivory to ensure it does not sell.

Elephants are a keystone species and help balance all the other species in the ecosystem. Their digging creates water access for other animals. They open up forest land to create firebreaks and grasslands and elephants are necessary to the dispersal of seeds that help maintain tree diversity.

Poachers target herds of elephants with automatic weapons and poison-tipped arrows. Not only do they threaten the ecosystem, they spread crime and hinder tourism dollars from flowing into villages where elephants typically roam. Poachers need to be severely punished for murdering these gentle giants.

Currently, the law has been too lax on commercial poachers. Kenyan ports are Africa’s primary gateway for ivory smuggling into Asia. Some countries, such as the United States, have enacted a ban on the commercial trade in ivory. China has symbolically joined the fight by placing a ban on ivory imports. Individual organizations are trying to thwart the poachers by increasing security measures and securing elephant habitats.

There has been an international ban on African elephant ivory since 1989. By signing this petition, you will urge Secretary Wakhungu of the Kenyan Ministry of the Environment, Water & Natural Resources, to ensure that all African elephant poachers are prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Please help save the African elephant from extinction.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Wakhungu,

African elephants are a keystone species and very important to your country. In addition to balancing other species in the ecosystem, they bring in tourist dollars that help sustain entire communities. Elephants care for their sick and mourn their dead. They are a complex and highly social animal which does not deserve to be slaughtered for their ivory tusks.

On average, one elephant is killed every fifteen minutes in Africa. The elephant population has decreased by approximately 64 percent in the past decade and slayings are outpacing births. At this rate, the African elephant could be extinct by 2025.

We, the undersigned, urge you to stop poachers from causing African elephant extinction. Ensure that poachers are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, with high fine amounts and long prison terms. African elephants are a magnificent species that enthralls natives and tourists alike. Please help save the African elephant from extinction.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: David Steele

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19 Comments

  1. Extreme horrific actions like poaching require extreme punishment. THAT MEANS THE FIRST OFFENSE 25 YEARS, HUGE FINES STARTING AT 250 THOUSAND, TAKE THEIR PASSPORTS AND VISAS forever. this is the only way to stop the poaching BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE AND THEY ARE GONE FOREVER. THOSE INVOLVED IN POACHING ARE VILE, SICK,APPALLING,SELFISH AND MUST BE TREATED AS SUCH!! THEY WILL RUIN IT FOR THE REST OF THE PLANET SO I DON’T FEEL ONE BIT SORRY FOR THEM!!

    • I really like your ideas for punishment, you are completely right. I support your solutions wholeheartedly to help save these elephants. The elephants and rhinos belong to all of us. They are not there for slaughter. I hope and pray that we compassionate humans can implement those punishments or that somehow the actions of the killers would bring their own demise. I hope that the killers would get poisoned or crushed by the elephants. Such gentle giants the elephants are and if I had the means I would be there to lock up the brutal slayers or shoot them in the act so that more elephants could live the full lives that they are meant to live. The Chinese government also has to outlaw ivory imports into their brutal country.

  2. this isn’t just an elephant issue,this is more than just a poaching issue,right here in florida last month 300+ black bears were leagley shot/ slaughtered via total ignorance,personally I am sickened by the thought of an animal going down in pain and suffering a horrible death,suffering such abuse by the most intelligent species on the planet,gun toating people who are bored shooting up stuff in back yards in everyone’s neighborhood,,get a new hobby people,,

  3. Wildlife already have such a struggle to live in nature. They have to overcome droughts and extreme rain seasons, among other challenges. We must stop the subhumans who cause them such pain by destroying them.

  4. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE EVIL PEOPLE, MUST THEY PUT AND END TO THESE WONDERFUL ANIMALS, MAYBE THE ONLY TIME THEY ARE GOING TO BE SAFE IS WHEN THERE ARE KNOW MORE, WHAT A SCARY THOUGHT,

  5. Gerard FABIANO says:

    Petition Signer & Partager Signed & Sherad Frima Asscine

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