This audio file says about itself:
96 Elephants: How Long Can You Listen?
12 Nov 2013
When poachers come after elephants it’s brutal, terrifying and bloody. This stunningly raw audio recording of an elephant being pursued by an armed poacher underscores just how heartbreaking this crisis is. You can make it stop. Join us.
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From the Wildlife Conservation Society in the USA:
Did you know you can buy some types of ivory legally in the United States? Unbelievable, right? Many people think that was outlawed back in the 1980s.
But it’s true – the United States is among the largest markets in the world for ivory sales – and it’s killing elephants.
When poachers come after elephants it’s brutal, terrifying and bloody. We’ve captured this stunningly raw audio recording that underscores just how heartbreaking this crisis is.
You need to hear it for yourself to believe it – words won’t do it justice.
After you do, be sure to write Congress and ask for a domestic moratorium on ivory sales in the United States, so we can put an end to this horror.
This is the sound of an elephant fleeing an armed poacher.
The Obama Administration has taken strong steps to combat the illegal wildlife trade, and now it’s time to get Congress on board. If we’re not turning up the pressure at every level of government to stop the domestic ivory trade, we’re not doing all we can to save elephants.
Just this fall, several African nations pledged to stop the sale of ivory in their countries and called on the world to do the same. But here in the U.S., you can buy ivory in many states. Our ivory trade laws are complex and confusing, making it easy to manipulate the system and sell illegal ivory. And each year, tons of ivory exchanges hands on U.S. soil.
The equation is alarmingly simple. Selling ivory equals dead elephants. And it’s happening at a rate unmatched for decades – last year, an average of 96 elephants were killed every day in Africa. If it continues, forest elephants could be extinct within a generation.
The immensity of the crisis is hard to comprehend. But Congress can take a huge leap toward saving elephants. Tell your representatives to stop the sale of ivory in the United States.
Together, I know we can do this.
John F. Calvelli
Executive Vice President for Public Affairs
Wildlife Conservation Society
Deceber 2013: The Project for the Application of Law for Fauna (PALF) in the Republic of Congo has announced one of its most significant operations against the illegal ivory trade. This week four ivory operations supported by PALF (a collaborative organisation between UK charity the Aspinall Foundation, the Congolese Ministry of Forest Economy and Sustainable Development and the Wildlife Conservation Society) have resulted in the arrests of eight people, with more arrests set to follow. This is one of the most successful hauls of illegal trafficking criminals that PALF and The Aspinall Foundation have been involved in: here.
February 2014: More than 30 business leaders in China have taken a public stand against the ivory trade by signing a pledge to never purchase, possess, or give ivory as a gift: here.
BirdLife Partner NABU engages in Africa against ivory poaching: here.
- The tragedy behind the illegal ivory trade (telegraph.co.uk)
- Elephant Poaching and the Illegal Ivory Trade (wnyc.org)
- Ivory stockpile to be publicly destroyed as Obama seeks to end illegal trade (theguardian.com)
- The Grisly Economics Of Elephant Poaching (washingtonpost.com)
- US to Destroy 6 Tons of Ivory This Week (livescience.com)
- US wll crush a 6-ton stockpile of ivory as a message to poachers (theverge.com)
- Ivory Mandala: A Fitting Memorial from the U.S. Ivory Crush (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- Vermont Fair Trade Jewelry Company Harnesses the Qualities of Vegetable Ivory (prweb.com)
- U.S. to Destroy 6-Ton Stockpile of Illegal Ivory Seized Over the Past 25 Years [VIDEO] (scienceworldreport.com)