Make it a Million Signatures: Take the Elephant Trumpet Challenge
Written By: Hanna Smit, JGI Canada
Category: Our Champions
Approximately every 20 minutes an elephant is illegally killed for its ivory. If this continues, elephants will become extinct in the wild in our lifetime.
Plummeting elephant population figures tell the dismal and heartbreaking story of their systemic decimation, both through illegal poaching, trophy hunting and government inaction on the elephants’ behalf. In the early 1900s there were approximately 12 million elephants in Africa. Today there are only around 400,000 left. The threats elephants face – besides poaching and hunting – include human-wildlife conflict, climate change, war and conflict, and the increased fragmentation of their territory.
In 2016 the IUCN World Conservation Congress determined that all countries should close their domestic trade of ivory. The African Elephant Coalition, which consists of 32 elephant-range countries, has also urgently requested all countries to immediately close their ivory trade. In response, ten countries have banned their domestic ivory trade including France, China, UK, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Israel. Ten US states have also followed suit.
The question is, why hasn’t Canada?
The horrifying exploitation of wildlife has consequences for everyone. With an ongoing global pandemic, caused by the zoonotic transmission of pathogens from exploited wildlife to humans, we understand better than ever that trade in wildlife is all connected. The destruction of elephants – these highly intelligent, emotionally complex, family-oriented, and environmentally significant species – is devastating not just for them but for the ecosystem they are inextricably a part of. That we are all a part of.
It is more important than ever that Canada makes the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal, including hunting trophies. This is why the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada is a member of the Ivory-Free Canada Coalition, which also includes Humane Society International/Canada, World Elephant Day, Elephanatics, and Global March for Elephants & Rhinos–Toronto. Together, our Ivory-Free Canada petition asks the Canadian government to make the import, domestic sale, and export of all elephant ivory illegal, including hunting trophies. Our goal is to have a million signatures by World Elephant Day. So far, almost 600,000 people have signed their names to this cause – and you can too!
Join the Elephant Trumpet Challenge to Make it a Million Signatures!
To encourage more signatures in time for World Elephant Day on August 12, we are holding the Elephant Trumpet Challenge! Post a video of your best elephant trumpet on your social media channels to help us Make It A Million Signatures. Then challenge two of your friends to do the same.
Here are some of our favourite Elephant Trumpet Challenge videos!
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