I’ve just learned that 86 elephants—33 of them pregnant females—have been gunned down by poachers in the Central African country of Chad.
The image above is from a similar slaughter last year. The ivory tusks have been hacked out and stolen. The ivory will be sold on the black market, and then eventually carved into products nobody needs.
Entire elephant families—even the pregnant mothers— brutally killed…to make ivory trinkets?
It’s heartbreaking and senseless…and it has to stop.
You can help protect elephants and all animals by making an emergency anti-cruelty donation today.
I know you believe as I do—that an elephant’s life is worth more than a silly trinket.
Elephants are incredibly social – they gather in extended families, the moms and aunts and cousins all live together. And they’re so much like us in other ways. They’re known to play and cry and even mourn their own dead.
They don’t deserve to die for the sake of an ivory ornament. Please help us stop this cruelty today.
The poaching of elephants for ivory is a global problem. And with offices, partner organizations, and supporters in so many countries, IFAW is working around the world to save elephants.
Here’s how you can help too:
- >>IFAW has trained hundreds of rangers and more than 1,600 wildlife law enforcement officials around the world to protect elephants and all animals. You can provide the rangers with anti-poaching training as well as essential equipment like radios, backpacks, boots and uniforms.
- >>Significant quantities of smuggled ivory tusks have been intercepted by borders and customs officials trained by IFAW. The ivory trade is a chain of cruelty leading from a dead elephant all the way to a shelf in a gift shop. You can help us stop ivory smugglers and break that chain of cruelty.
- >>China is the eventual destination for much of the poached ivory. Many consumers don’t realize that the vast majority of ivory products come from murdered elephants. You can help educate consumers in China and other countries and help shut down the markets for ivory.
The cruel ivory trade threatens to wipe out many populations of elephants – and this massacre of pregnant mothers shows that poachers will stop at nothing to get their hands on ivory.
Although today is a terribly sad day for elephants, I hope you’ll join me in using this day’s tragic news as motivation to fight even harder to protect elephants.
We CAN win this fight. But we need you.
Please make an emergency anti-cruelty donation today to help IFAW protect elephants and all animals.
Thanks for your help,
IFAW Programme Director, Elephants
P.S. Some regions of Africa face total annihilation of their elephants. If we don’t stop the poachers, who will? Please make an emergency anti-cruelty donation today
Joanna Siri Engman is a logophile, or lover of words. She is a bohemian, mom, nurse, yog…