World Elephant Day: Join hands to save our tusker friends before it’s too late!

High-scale illegal poaching threatens elephants to extinction

Today is World Elephant Day, started in the year 2012; it aims to raise awareness about the poaching and the cruel slaughter of thousands of elephants every year. With the global population of elephants decreasing at an alarming rate, we can no longer ignore the possible danger of never having these magnificent creatures walking on the earth again.

Apart from poaching, a host of other problems that endanger both African and Asian elephants are habitat loss, human-elephant conflict and mistreatment in captivity. With the street value of a single tusk approximately calculated as high as US$15,000 according to the World Elephant Day website despite the CITES international ban on the ivory trade in 1989, elephants are now more endangered then they have ever been.

One of the things that we can do to help is support conservation groups that advocate protecting elephants and their natural habitats, better treatment of elephants in captivity and establishing sustainable sanctuaries for them and also spreading the word about the evils of the ivory trade.

( Source : deccan chronicle )
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