IFAW have launched a 72 Hour Challenge to help stop the slaughter of elephants and protect animals around the world.
Elephants love sweet, crunchy pumpkins – and if they spot a patch of them, they will eat them. They may even lead their family to share them
Sadly, these pumpkins can be laced with deadly cyanide – and that’s done by poachers.
Parks are empty of tourists and budgets for patrols have decreased or stopped altogether so elephants are very exposed to poaching threats.
The lack of tourists, reduced ranger patrols and closed parks have made it very easy for poachers to move in, to kill elephants and sell their ivory tusks.
IFAW (that’s the International Fund for Animal Welfare) are asking us all to chip in and support their 72 Hour Challenge. They are hoping to raise £20,000 by 23 May.
Donations could help establish and train rangers across landscapes where IFAW is working:
Please donate what you can to this urgent Elephant Challenge today. Please share as well. If we all donated £3 or £5, that would help a lot.
Actions for Animals
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Help a species: Elephants
Please, please take a look at this petition!
The African Wildlife Foundation sent an email to say that the social distancing we are all doing has consequences for lions, elephants and other species in Africa’s 8,400 protected areas.
What has happened with the breakout of COVID-19 and social distancing?
Well, tourism has plummeted. As a result, so has the revenue the safari industry receives. The industry budgets revenue to dedicate to wildlife protection and protected areas management.
Wildlife and the people who protect it – rangers and community members who are employed in tourism and related businesses – will pay the price of this decline.
Please, please sign this petition and show support for Africa’s critical areas. They are home to endangered species and they also drive economies that support wildlife.
By signing this petition, the African Wildlife Foundation says that you are on the side of:
- Africa’s already threatened species who rely on protected areas for safe habitat
- The health of some of the most biodiverse habitats in the world, which are found in protected areas
- Local people who rely on sustainable nature tourism for a living
to find out more about the work they are doing
and how you can help
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
Thank you, Gravitas.
Please vow to make a difference today.
Find out how to reduce your impact on the earth's resources here.
There’s a match funder going on until 20 December for the African Wildlife Foundation. In other words, your gift will double if you donate by 20 December 2019.
This could be a great gift for anyone who loves elephants, lions, giraffes, rhinos etc.
The AWF protects nearly 40% of Africa’s elephants, and your gift can support their programmes to stop elephant poaching and ivory trafficking, for instance.
The need to help is more urgent than ever: if they haven't got enough threatening their survival through poachers and the demand for their skin and ivory, Africa's elephants are facing a devastating natural disaster. 200 elephants recently died due to a horrific drought in Zimbabwe. Giraffes, hippos, rhinos, and other species are at risk too.
AWF can continue providing incentives to locals to prevent hunting cheetahs whose numbers have declined by 90% - there are about 9,000 left compared to the 100,000 in 1901.
Lion populations once stood at over 100,000 but there are now less than 25,000 of them AWF protects large carnivores and the communities that live near them.
What does the African Wildlife Foundation do?
The Foundation "provides conservation solutions that balance the needs of people and wildlife" and they do this by (and I quote from their website):
- Equipping wildlife rangers, deploying sniffer dogs, and training law enforcement officers to stop wildlife crime.
- Enabling wildlife conservation-friendly community empowerment.
- Enabling wildlife conservation-friendly community empowerment.
- Building conservation partnerships and spreading awareness across the continent — and the world.
- Applying research to our wildlife conservation strategies.
CLICK HERE to join the herd and donate to make it a million by 20 December 2019
All I can say about this petition is PLEASE READ IT, SIGN IT AND SHARE, SHARE, SHARE.
How can anyone shoot animals for SPORT for goodness sake? The organisers of the petition have asked people to share the text below this banner.
I signed a petition on Action Network telling Donald Trump, President of the United States to STOP Shooting Endangered Black Rhinos.
BACKGROUND The US government has issued a permit to US trophy hunter Chris D. Peyerk of Shelby Township, Michigan to shoot a Namibian black rhino for ‘sport’ and bring back its skin, skull and horn into the US.
Black rhinos are critically endangered. Just 5,000 remain in the wild.
It follows a case brought by trophy hunting lawyer John J Jackson, who runs an organisation called ‘Conservation Force’. Jackson is a former President of Safari Club International, the world’s largest trophy hunting group.
‘Conservation Force’ campaigns for hunters to bring home trophies of threatened species. It also lobbies for changes in the law to make it easier to hunt vulnerable species - including lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and polar bears, as well as rhinos.
It sued Delta airlines when they previously refused to carry a black rhino trophy. It also sued the state of New Jersey when it tried to stop hunting trophies of threatened species coming in through its air and sea ports.
Jackson has been on at least 38 elephant hunts alone. His trophy room includes the heads and bodies of giraffes, zebras, bears, buffaloes, cougars, leopards, rhinos, lions, wolves, and numerous species of deer and antelope. Several large elephant tusks form the centrepiece of his collection.
He has written the following about trophy hunting:
“Nothing has been so consistently fulfilling to me as my hunting.
“It has stirred an insatiable appetite for more. Without it I would somehow be incomplete.
“I can plainly see the African lion that has leaped into the air the moment its head snaps backward and explodes with smoke from my bullet.”
‘Conservation Force’ has made a number of donations to IUCN and has secured positions on key IUCN committees. Despite not being a scientist, Jackson has been a member of IUCN’s Lions specialist group.
IUCN, through it’s ‘Traffic’ initiative, lobbied CITES delegates to vote AGAINST the proposal to protect giraffes at the recent Geneva wildlife trade conference – as did Safari Club International. The Species Survival Network, an alliance of 80 conservation groups around the world, strongly supported the measure which was proposed by a number of African nations.
The conference also voted to double the number of black rhinos that can be shot by trophy hunters for so-called 'sport'. John Jackson and other ‘Conservation Force’ lobbyists were present at the CITES conference.
These animals need our help and all our voices.