$100 Million for Elephants

African elephants may receive a boost from conservationists around the world, who intend to raise $100 million to help combat poaching and the illegal ivory trade. At a United Nations supported meeting in Switzerland, hundreds of delegates from various governments collaborated on creating a trust fund to help elephants survive. Germany, The Netherlands and France are some of the first countries to contribute to the fund. The plan is to raise the $100 million in three years, with other nations contributing as well. “We need a global outcry to spur investment in creating the necessary wildlife law enforcement capacity to take on the international criminal syndicates who benefit from these massacres,” said an elephant conservationist. (Source: Enewspf.com)

If you haven’t been following the news about African elephants recently, over 1,000 elephant tusks were seized on the island of Zanzibar by Tanzanian authorities. This bust was just one of the many seizures of elephant tusks by authorities due to a robust illegal ivory trade. Twenty-seven wildlife law enforcement authorities from over ten African countries are gathering soon to train for preventing such illegal trade.

Some of the other recent elephant tusk seizures were:
May – 84 tusks at Nairobi airport
April – 247 tusks at a Thai airport from Kenya
April – 707 tusks in China April – 122 tusks in Vietnam

Ivory is in strong demand from Chinese consumers who see it as a status symbol. Some hope has been perceived in the fact an African court recently sentenced a Chinese ivory trafficker to four years in prison, because enforcement of laws protecting elephants sometimes has been lacking.

Image Credit: Jason Mason

 

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75 comments

New G.
W. C6 years ago

Thank you.

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Jim N.
James N6 years ago

While I do support this fund, I think is cheaper and better to catcth the poachers and hang them right there on the spot. Have a zero tolerance policy. After the first few hanging from a tree, it will be a good deterrent.

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Bette M.
Bette M6 years ago

May.....An elephants life is far more important for one simple reason.........There are seven billion of us & there are so few elephant as compared to say 100 years ago & even far fewer today.

Yes, they should be execute A.S.A.P.

Plant & protect Danny's trees for life.
Trees are the lungs of the earth.

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May Howie
may Howie6 years ago

I agree with almost everything Robert B says, except I would give the poachers and dealers the death sentence, a life for a life,a human life is no more important than the elephants life

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Susan Weihofen
Susan Weihofen6 years ago

And yet through the C.I.T.E.S. program elephants and other endangered animals are allowed to be hunted within permited numbers.

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Marieanne Phillips

Elephants are such magnificent gentle giants that walk this earth and they deserve to be protected from evilness being carried out towards them.

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Serena Alonzi
6 years ago

help the elephants

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Anja N.
Justin R6 years ago

A step in the right direction.

However, if the ban killing elephants so freely again would have been held up, this money could be now used to explore eco-tourism further.

As per usual: first we destroy blindly then we must have millions & millions to preserve or re-introduce a species on the brink of extinction. – and there are many.

Stupid! Stupid! Stupid!

Stop the killings to begin with!!!

Keeping animals alive = keeping a future alive!

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Tami Mendoza
Tami Mendoza6 years ago

YAY

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Dawid P.
Dawid P6 years ago

it's great news

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