In a previous article, we talked about the troubles and the hard conditions that the African elephants had to endure.
Apart from having to live and roam in an ever-shrinking amount of land due to the increase in the human population. Elephants also live under the danger and the pressure of being poached because of their tusks, also known as ivory. So, How can we help save African Elephants?
Due to these reasons, the elephant population keeps decreasing constantly by 8% every year.
Even though there has been an effort to put an end to this, it sure feels like it is not enough. Since most of the awareness comes from the western countries, it ends up being ineffective to stop the illegal ivory trading in Asian and Arabian countries.
In fact, the ivory market in most of the world collapsed after the ban that was issued by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in 1989. During that year, the US also passed the African Elephant Conservation Act which strictly banned the ivory importation from Africa.
Even though these two steps were steps in the right direction, China’s fast economic growth created a new middle class and a lot of new buyers were introduced to the ivory market as this new class was looking for items that could boost their status even further.
How can we help save African elephants?
But, what can we do to stop or at least slow down this act of cruelty? Well, for starters…
1.Be loud about the issue
One of the main reasons that ivory trading is still going rampant in Asia is because the rest of the world is rather quiet about the issue. Most countries prefer rolling their heads and avoid acknowledging the issue.
As people, we should be as loud as we can about this issue and push our governments to at least pressure Asian countries to take precautions about this dire issue.
2.Consider adopting an elephant
Import one of those cheeky little buggers and raise it in your backyard. Who knows maybe they can get along well with your neighbours’ dogs, eh?
Jokes aside, World Animal Foundation, World Wildlife Foundation actually offers elephant adoptions, you donate a certain amount every month and in return, they use the amount you send in order to take care of a cute elephant.
3.Do not buy ivory
Well, this one is rather obvious. If we want to save the elephants, we can not go around with accessories designed with their tusks. By not buying ivory, we could reduce the market size, even though it may seem ineffective, it is certainly a start and the least we can do.
And last but not least, if you are aware of any illegal ivory trading, do not hesitate to report it to the authorities.