For a Total UK Ban on The Ivory Trade Vote Labour

 

“But perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that there are no walls between humans and the elephants except those that we put up ourselves, and that until we allow not only elephants, but all living creatures their place in the sun, we can never be whole ourselves.”
Lawrence Anthony

Please consider the following when you vote June 8th:

While the conservatives have not included the total ban on the trade in Ivory in their manifesto Labour has made a commitment to do so along with other plans to protect animals from abuse:
“We will prohibit the third-party sale of puppies, introduce and enforce a total ban on ivory trading, and support the ban on wild animals in circuses.”

Labour manifesto:
http://www.labour.org.uk/index.php/manifesto2017/leading-richer-lives

“If I were a minister, I would ban the lot and stop any trade in or movement of ivory. The survival of the elephant is far more important than a museum, however great it and the curators of the modern age may be, however wise, experienced and brilliant they may be and however great their genius.”
John Mann MP

Indeed elephants are more important than the preservation of antique ivory. Ivory is the leading factor in their threatened extinction, stopping the demand for ivory in any form, any age is fundamental to the survival of elephants.

“Elephants have roamed the wild for 15 million years, but today this iconic species face the biggest threat to survival due to continued ivory poaching. As long as there is a demand for ivory, elephants continue to be killed for their tusks. Today it is estimated up to 25,000 elephants are killed annually.”

REASONS TO SAVE THE ELEPHANT:

  • If we don’t act now elephants could face localized extinctions.
  • In some countries of Africa including Senegal, Somalia and Sudan, elephants have already been driven to extinction.
  • Communities across Africa are dependent on elephants for an income through tourism. Saving the elephants also means preventing poverty, sustaining livelihoods and promoting sustainable tourism.
  • Elephants are a keystone species. Other animals, plants and entire ecosystems rely on them for survival.
  • ‘As go the elephants, so do the trees.’ Elephants are known as ‘nature’s gardeners’, plants and trees rely on elephants to disperse their seeds far and wide through their dung.
  • Elephant’s large footprints act as water collectors for smaller animals.
  • By uprooting trees to feed, they control the tree population leaving grasses to thrive and sustain animals such as wildebeests and zebras.
  • Elephants share the same emotions and cognitive behavior as humans. They grieve for their lost loved ones, they feel fear, joy and empathy and are highly praised for their intelligence.

Read More about the threat to elephants and please take as many of the suggested actions as you can:
http://iworry.org/crisis/?gclid=CJHG-vXnlNQCFYE4GwodAXYHBQ

One action you can take on June 8th is to vote Labour, a total ban on the trade in ivory by the UK will help to protect elephants from poaching.

Elephants are on the brink of extinction and could well be gone from the wild in twelve years time.

China has put in place a ban on ivory however the “Chinese ban on trade specifically excludes items described as “genuine antiques”. This exemption raises concerns that elephants will continue to be poached to supply an increased trade in “ghost ivory” (illegal ivory sold as antique legal ivory) as the legitimate market closes.”

“You see old ivory on the same shelf as new ivory. I realized then there’s a major market in the Far East that looks at ivory as a commodity as well as an art form, and that the old ivory market is fuelling modern ivory demand.”
British auctioneer James Lewis
http://www.newsweek.com/elephants-china-ivory-trade-white-gold-extinction-545002

And this is the reason why we need a total ban on ivory, be it new or antique, existing ivory carvings perpetuates the demand in ivory. Furthermore it is not an easy matter to differentiate which is old ivory and which is new. In my opinion with the exception of antique ivory presently existing in museums, all existing ivory should be destroyed.

The UK needs a total ban which means also the ban on trade in antique ivory.

This will not happen under a conservative government. If you care about elephants vote Labour in the general election. Labour will put elephants before profits.

Related Links

Why would Theresa May ditch a pledge to ban ivory trading?

“The Tories’ manifesto has dropped a promise to outlaw the trade. Protecting wildlife should be a priority, not an option”

“Strange news: Theresa May has decided to drop a Tory pledge to push for a total ban on ivory trading (only the sale of ivory items produced after 1947 is prohibited). Why would she do that? Doesn’t she need votes? I thought nearly everyone loved elephants – who votes for helping to wipe them out? Apparently, wealthy antiques dealers. Lady (Victoria) Borwick, the Tory candidate for Kensington and the president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is an acquaintance of the PM; perhaps she was whom May had in mind.”

Continue Reading:
https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/22/why-would-theresa-may-ditch-pledge-ban-ivory-trading

“Foxes, badgers, robins and now ELEPHANTS: hidden manifesto plan by Tories to allow ivory trade

“Under David Cameron the Conservatives had pledged – along with other UK political parties – to put into place a ban on ivory trading. This follows bans by China, the US and other important ivory trading countries to end domestic trades in ivory by the end of 2017.

But there is no mention of the ban in Theresa May’s Tory 2017 manifesto.”

Continue reading:
https://tompride.wordpress.com/2017/05/20/tories-bow-to-wealthy-antiques-dealers-and-drop-ban-on-elephant-ivory-in-manifesto/

 

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Please Take Action to Help Captive Elephants

The plight of elephants and indeed other wild animals confined and exploited in zoos is so sad and unnecessary. Worldwide there are approximately  15,000 to 20,000 elephants held captive, mostly for entertainment in zoos and circuses. These animals live miserable lives, often alone like Mali the elephant who holds her tail for comfort, like Mali many are abused and neglected without proper medical care and attention. Without exception all wish to be free as nature intended.

Below there are a number of actions you can take to help captive elephants, please take as many of these actions as you can.

Firstly please sign and share the following petitions to help at least two elephants confined in zoos who lead lonely miserable lives:

“HELP TRANSFER SUFFERING & LONELY MALI TO BLES SANCTUARY. PLEASE HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN BY SIGNING & SHARING (OR RE-SHARING)THIS PETITION”

SHE IS SO LONELY, SHE HOLDS HER TAIL FOR COMFORT. PLEASE HELP MALI THE LONELIEST ELEPHANT IN THE WORLD.

Lonely Mali was stolen from her close-knit loving family in Sri Lanka while she was still nursing. For almost 40 YEARS Mali has been confined to a barren concrete enclosure and denied the company of other elephants, which is essential to her emotional and mental well being.

Please read more and sign and share:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/841/626/994/

Read More About Mali:

Mali the Lonely Elephant Holds Her Own Tail for Comfort
http://www.care2.com/causes/mali-the-lonely-elephant-holds-her-own-tail-for-comfort.html

The Bronx Zoo, Release Happy the Elephant to a Sanctuary!

Unfortunately her name belies her situation, happy is most certainly not happy:

Happy, an Asian elephant, is one of the loneliest elephants in the U.S. She is 45 years old, and has been without a companion of her own species for 10 years.

“Please sign this petition to urge the Bronx Zoo to release Happy to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary.”

Please read more ,sign and share the petition
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/551/210/358/the-bronx-zoo-release-your-three-elephants-to-sanctuary-no-more-zoos/

More Petitions and other actions

Melha Shrine Circus: Go Animal-Free Again!

The Melha Shrine Circus made a very smart, progressive, and humane decision in 2016 to remove animals from their circus, but unfortunately they have decided to bring elephants and tigers back this year.

Please read more, sign and share the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/633/576/253/melha-shrine-circus-go-animal-free-again/

Elephants have been held in captivity for more than 4,000 years beginning in the Indus Valley. Since that time elephants have been take from their natural environment and trained, used as labour and exploited as entertainment in zoos and circuses.

“Around the world there exist between 15,000-20,000 captive elephants and the circumstances for most of them are abysmal.”

You can read more about the history of their captivity and their use and abuse by clicking the link below:

Traditions, use & abuse
https://www.elephantvoices.org/elephants-in-captivity-7.html

Take More Action

Please take the following actions:

You might also like to sign the elephant charter, open to signatures of Friends of Elephants, which is members of the public who care about elephants, Elephant biologists who are scientists whose profession involves or has involved the study of elephants and “Elephant Professionals who are individuals whose profession involves or has involved the care, medical treatment, protection, conservation, legal defense of elephants, advocacy for elephants or education about elephants.”

Please everyone sign the Elephant charter:
http://www.theelephantcharter.info/index.php/signatories

Please take as much of the recommended action included in the same website:

What YOU can do
https://www.elephantvoices.org/support-now/what-you-can-do-support-now-70.html

Related Links
Elephants In Zoos Don’t Do Well

“For every elephant born in a U.S. zoo, on average two others die”:

Read More:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201212/elephants-in-zoos-dont-do-well

Innocent Prisoners

“…there were over 40 elephants currently housed alone in zoos, circuses and private facilities across Europe.”

If you have not the time to read the article please watch the video. Just so sad and depressing to see this poor elephant entirely alone without the companionship of her own kind


Read More:
http://www.bornfree.org.uk/campaigns/zoo-check/captive-wildlife-issues/elephants-in-captivity/

Take Action to Help Circus Elephants

“Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives.”
PETA

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Warning the following video is hard to watch, it turns my stomach and I can’t watch it all. Elephants must be gentle creatures as they seem rarely to defend themselves or attack when being subjected to such treatment. Or maybe it is because they know that doing so will bring about even harsher abuse.

The video below shows the head trainer of Carson & Barnes’  viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods as they scream in pain.

“This video shows behind-the-scenes elephant training, bears pacing and bouncing abnormally in cages, and tigers inside cramped, barren prisons in Carson & Barnes Circus.”

The manager of Garden Bros regularly beats the animals, he withholds food from them and denies them veterinary treatment.

Take Action

Please send a message to ask venues still planning to host this cruel circus to consider these facts carefully and at least require that scheduled performances go forward without animals.

Tell Venues That Garden Bros. Circus Needs to Drop Its Cruel Animal Acts!

“Garden Bros. Circus, along with its elephant act provided by Carson & Barnes Circus, is on tour in the South, and we need your help to let the venues planning to host it know about its decades-long history of abusing animals.

Carson & Barnes’ head trainer was caught on video viciously attacking elephants with a bullhook and shocking them with electric prods as they screamed in pain.”

Please read more and send the message. There is a template letter which you can edit to include your own words but if this is not possible for some reason please just send it as it is, but please send the message and share .

http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/garden-bros-circus-cruel-animal-acts/?utm_campaign=022417%20peta%20e-news&utm_source=peta%20e-mail&utm_medium=peta%20e-news   – there is more action further down that you can take to help animals in circuses.

I cannot understand why there appears to be no laws to stop such abuse happening when clearly there is proof that these animals and others are mistreated. Here in the UK the RSPCA would I am sure take action and prosecute the circus and have the animals removed. It sickens me that such evil people get away with such vile abuse and so little can be done to stop it.

Recently Romania has banned wild animals in circuses and joins 19 other EU member states which have fully or partially banned the use of wild animals in shows.

Year of Liberation Continues as Romanian Capital Bans Wild-Animal Acts
http://www.peta.org/blog/year-liberation-continues-romanian-capital-bans-wild-animal-acts/

You can take further action to help circus animals by clicking the button at the bottom of the webpage above or by clicking the following link:

Urge UniverSoul Circus to End All Cruel Animal Acts
http://www.peta.org/action/action-alerts/universoul-circus-stop-cruel-elephant-acts/

It is time the USA and indeed other countries, including the UK, BANNED performing animals in circuses.

Related Links

These 17 Countries That Have Banned Wild-Animal Circuses Are Making the UK Look Really Bad
http://www.peta.org.uk/blog/these-17-countries-banned-wild-animal-circuses/

Tory MP delays bill to ban use of wild animals in circus shows
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tory-mp-delays-bill-ban-9918931

Credit Photo:
http://quotesgram.com/img/circus-animal-cruelty-quotes/3781446/

The Story of an African Elephant

“The question is, are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?”
David Attenborough

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Scroll down for petitions and other actions to help elephants.

Shocking fact: African elephants could be extinct in our lifetime!

As a result of the actions of a minority of human beings in the name of superstition and greed elephants face imminent extinction unless we act now!

Poachers slaughtering  these highly intelligent animals as a response to the demand for ivory is the greatest threat to these iconic animals. Both the legal and illegal trade in ivory is devastating many elephant populations.

Click the link below to follow the story of one little elephant and learn how you can help save her species.

The herd into which this little elephant was born amounted to thirty animals, now only 12 remain. She is only 7 years old yet during her short life elephant populations have plummeted by 30 per cent!

According to the Great Elephant census poaching is wiping out these animals to the point of extinction. From a population of 1.3 million in the 1970 elephants have dwindled to just  350,000 animals

Learn more about poaching and ways to help save these highly endangered animals by following the story from the African Wildlife Foundation of this baby elephant and also taking some or all of the suggested actions further down:

http://www.awf.org/campaigns/countingelephants/?utm_source=1611dap2&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=fy17care2&ms=B17Q02E04W%E2%80%8B

We can at times feel so helpless, signing petitions seems so little, so distant from the problem. How can this help we may ask ourselves? The fact is every signature counts. The more people who sign the more hope there is that things will change You may be but one voice, one signature but that joins thousands even millions of others, like drops of water every single signature adds up.

Robert F Kennedy said:“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better.”

Every action helps to improve the situation and bring about change. Every signature counts towards “making things better” so please sign as many petitions as you can.

Pleased do not be put off if asked to comment or personalise a message. All well and good if you can but not everyone is up to the task, it not,  just add you name that is the most important action you can take.

Take Action

(Apologies for the last minute notice on some of these petitions however this post was written a while ago and the publication has been delayed) Please sign as many of the suggested actions as you can

Bloody Ivory Campaign Petition

“Elephants are still being killed in their thousands for Bloody Ivory. Illegal ivory is still being smuggled out of Africa.
We must stop this happening and support improved protection for elephants.”

Please Sign below now!
http://www.bloodyivory.org/petition

Petition: Shut down the domestic ivory market in the UK.  This petition can only be signed by residents in the UK. – There are more petitions and actions everyone can take further down. 

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/165905    Important: Please note this petition has reached over 100,000 signatures this means parliament has to consider the petition for debate.  Parliament has set a date for the debate on 6 February 2017. But please keep signing and sharing, the more people who sign the more pressure there will be on the government to stand by their manifesto pledge for the past two elections to shut down the UK’s domestic ivory market . 

You’ll be able to watch online at parliamentlive.tv

Send a message

Also please take the following Take action from IFAW and send a message to your MP ( I am not sure but I think that this message can only be sent by residents in the UK)

Ask your MP to help ban the UK ivory trade:
http://www.ifaw.org/united-kingdom/get-involved/ban-uk-ivory-market
There is a template letter please edit if you can, but if for some reason this is not possible send it as it is. This needs to be sent straight the way as the debate takes this coming Monday Feb 6th.

African Elephants are not the only elephants under threat, Asian elephants also face a fight for survival as a result of human impact on their forest homes, poaching and disease.

Save the Asian Elephants

Read more about the plight of Asian Elephants and take the recommended actions

Save the Asian Elephant:  https://stae.org/    –  Please at least sign the petition:
Petition to end the cruel treatment of elephants in India – by Save The Asian Elephants  https://www.change.org/p/save-the-asian-elephants-savetheasianelephants

More action you can take from Save the Elephants:
https://stae.org/help-us/
  – Scroll down this page to access ideas of how to help, please take as many of the suggested actions as you can.

Save the Elephants: STOP BLOODY IVORY
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/no_more_bloody_ivory/?pv=14&rc=fb  This is a quick sign petition

Action from WWF: Adopt an elephant

“The magnificent Asian elephant is threatened by extinction in the wild, its habitat is shrinking fast.

Asian elephants used to roam across most of Asia, but now they’re restricted to just 15% of their original range. Asian elephant numbers have dropped by at least 50% over the last three generations, and they’re still in decline today.”

Read more about adopting an elephant

https://support.wwf.org.uk/adopt-an-elephant/?pc=AQJ001001&ds_medium=cpc&gclid=CKuTtc-HntECFcMYGwodXf8BPw&gclsrc=aw.ds

More Information

Why are Elephants Important?

“Elephants are among the most intelligent of the creatures with whom we share the planet, with complex consciousnesses that are capable of strong emotions. Across Africa they have inspired respect from the people that share the landscape with them, giving them a strong cultural significance. As icons of the continent elephants are tourism magnets, attracting funding that helps protect wilderness areas. They are also keystone species, playing an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live.”

http://savetheelephants.org/about-elephants-2-3/importance-of-elephants/

Action for Elephants UK
http://actionforelephantsuk.org/

Photo Credit:

By Rob Hooft – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13973

 

The Tale of Donald Trump Jr.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel.

THE TAIL OF DONALD TRUMP JR.

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In the bullfighting, after a matador tortured and murdered a bull, he will mutilate the ears and tail of the animal as a trophies or spoils of war against innocent and unarmed creatures. Donald Trump Jr. has also awarded himself his tail when hunting elephants, one of the most endangered species.

When asked, Donald Trump said: “I’m proud of my sons.”
Elephants on the path to extinction [―with the support of Trump family―]

Good News Stories

I would like to start this New Year off with a selection of positive stories.

We need to occasionally focus on good things, though sadly often the good seems to arise from the bad. There is so much negativity in the news, it can be and is overwhelming. But there is good in this world, there is love, caring, compassion, kindness, loyalty and friendship and much of that is given and experienced by animals. Animals are amazing creatures and these videos demonstrate that they like us are sentient beings with feelings and emotions.

Below is a selection of good news stories from Care2 concerning animals. A pleasant and refreshing change from all the horror and misery. I hope you enjoy them.

Now living wild, orphan elephant Wendi gives birth to her first baby

More information:
Elephant Mom Brings Tiny Newborn to Meet Her Rescuers

“This week the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) shared a precious encounter with one of its ex-orphans, who brought her brand new baby to meet her former keepers.

Wendi, the new mom, was once a tiny little orphan in DSWT’s care. She is an Imenti Forest Elephant from Meru who was a newborn, barely days old herself, when she was found on a September morning back in 2002 lying on the ground all alone as a victim of poaching.”
Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/elephant-mom-brings-tiny-newborn-to-meet-her-rescuers.html?TAP=1660

Rescued Pigeons Fall in Love and Make Out

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Hit by a Car and Left for Dead, These Two Pigeons Have Found Love at a Sanctuary

“Life really couldn’t have looked any worse for Woodstock pigeon after he was hit by a car and dumped in the trash where he was left to die.

With his crop torn open and a broken wing to boot, he likely wouldn’t have lasted the night, but thankfully someone noticed his little face peering back at them from the dark and dingy garbage bin when they opened the lid.

Seeing he was clearly suffering and in need of help they rushed him to the vet where he underwent a dangerous operation to save his life.

He made it, but he wasn’t ever going to be able to fly again and now he needed a home where he could live out the rest of his life in peace and that’s how he ended up here with us in Mino Valley Farm Sanctuary.”

Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/hit-by-a-car-and-left-for-dead-these-two-pigeons-have-found-love-at-a-sanctuary.html

Mr. G and Jellybean

More Information

Grieving Goat Transforms After Sweet Reunion With His Best Friend

“This week Animal Place shared the story of one heartbroken little goat named Mr. G who had seemingly given up on life when his rescuers realized the problem was that he was overcome with grief over the loss of his best friend, a burro named Jellybean.

The two had lived together for years but were split up and taken in by two different sanctuaries after being confiscated from a neglectful situation. Mr. G was taken in by Animal Place’s Rescue Ranch in Grass Valley, Calif.

According to Animal Place, Mr. G was inconsolable, refusing to eat and spending his days lying in the corner of his stall with his head down. No treats were enough to entice him to eat or move. After health problems were ruled out, it became obvious to his rescuers that he was mourning the loss of his best friend. They decided a reunion was in order and a volunteer took a 14 hour roundtrip to get Jellybean. They describe the reunion:

When Jellybean entered Mr. G‘s stall, he could not believe his eyes. In fact, he did a double-take! It was only when he smelled Jellybean‘s unique scent that Mr. G realized the truth – his dearest friend had returned!”

Read more:
http://www.care2.com/causes/grieving-goat-transforms-after-sweet-reunion-with-his-best-friend.html

 

Yongki: Another Defenseless and Innocent Victim of Human Greed.

Below is a guest post by the animal and human rights activist and supporter of free software Luis Leonel

YONGKI: ANOTHER DEFENSELESS AND INNOCENT VICTIM OF HUMAN GREED

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Instead of rising majestically to his full height of 10 feet, the massive animal remained on the ground. Yongki, an endangered Sumatran elephant, was slaughtered for his precious ivory tusks.

YONGKI, ENDANGERED SUMATRAN ELEPHANT AND LOYAL ‘PARK RANGER,’ KILLED BY POACHERS
http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/09/22/yongki-endangered-sumatran-elephant-and-loyal-park-ranger-killed-by-poachers/

“There are just 2,400 to 2,800 Sumatran elephants in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Fund. These animals are critically endangered, having lost half of their population in one generation. They are threatened by poaching and deforestation in their native Asian habitat. “

BELOVED ELEPHANT YONGKI KILLED BY POACHERS FOR HIS IVORY IN INDONESIA
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/elephant-yongki-killed-poachers_56016ec9e4b00310edf89057

Twitter hashtag #RIPYongki.

Please Sign the following Petition

Justice for Beloved Elephant Murdered for His Tusks

http://forcechange.com/147166/justice-for-endangered-elephant-killed-for-his-tusks/