Say no to ivory (aka killing elephants for their tusks)

The truth of the matter is, without anyone to buy ivory, elephants wouldn’t be killed for their tusks. When I was a child, I’d see jewelry made out of this material called “ivory” which was mostly something people bought as souvenirs. I had no idea elephants and rhinos had to die for it. There’s nothing sentimental about killing an elephant to hang a piece of their tusk on your neck, unless it’s for sadness that something like that ever had to happen in the first place.

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) says that “every piece of ivory represents a dead elephant” and they’re letting those who were unaware of the horrors of ivory and misleadingly purchased something made of ivory to “surrender” it to them in an effort to raise awareness. “By donating ivory items you will be taking ivory away from the market and removing its commercial value, making a positive contribution to elephant protection.”

Even if you’ve never purchased ivory, you can help out! Please click on the image above or go here to sign a petition asking for governments to protect elephants and “take action to reduce poaching and illegal ivory trade”. Thank you!

(Image clickable straight to source: IFAW)


Sally @ ourdreamlives
17 August 2011 - 1:27 pm

I remember being shocked as a child when I learnt about where ivory comes from in souvenir shops. But I find it really bizarre and so shocking that the ivory trade is still going strong… I’ve signed the petition! I hope it can make a difference.
P.S glad to see Kuba is home safe 🙂

17 August 2011 - 5:33 pm

It’s so awful that these majestic creatures are killed for silly trinkets. I signed!

Liz Longacre
17 August 2011 - 10:53 pm

It’s so awful Eva, a life for a piece of jewelry. And like you said, it’s ultimately up to consumers to force changes, that applies to so many things…

26 August 2011 - 1:52 am

Thank you for signing the petition! I appreciate so much that you took the time to sign and share your thoughts here with me. I hope to, somewhere down the line, sooner rather than later give you good news about ivory being banned or something along those lines!

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