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    Rare Footage Shows Violent Capture of Young Wild Elephants in Zimbabwe to be Sold to China

    The wildlife trade is incredibly profitable for those involved in the exploitation and transaction of the wild animals. Although the illegal wildlife trade runs rampant globally, the legal wildlife trade is still responsible for blatant acts of animal cruelty.

    In the above video from The Guardian, we see very rare footage of the capture of wild elephants in Zimbabwe to be sold and shipped to China. Although the practice is legal, video and photographic documentation of it is rare. In the video, helicopters fly over a herd, shoot tranquilizer darts at the animals, then swoop in to disperse the rest of the herd coming to the aid of fallen elephants. After capturers land and aggressively load the pachyderms onto their truck, more violence in inflicted on them, including incessant slapping, trunk twisting, and kicking in the head with heavy boots. Animal experts estimate the young elephants to be in the process of weaning or just barely weaned.

    Although Zimbabwe and China are the world’s biggest participants in the trade of wild elephants, several other countries including Namibia, Swaziland, Mexico, and the United States are active in the trade of wild elephants. It is estimated that 1,000 wild African and Asian elephants were captured and sold globally in similar ways from 1995-2015.

    As the video shows, physical abuse toward animals is an acceptable practice for capturers.

    Since the practices of the wildlife trade are typically kept secret, most people are unaware that this goes on, so PLEASE share this with your network to increase awareness of this serious important issue
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    It just breaks my heart. I work for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in UK. The way we treat the animals of this planet is disgusting. They are living, breathing creatures with feelings just like us.

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    Interior Department to allow imports of elephant and lion trophies from Africa, reversing Obama policies

    With barely contained enthusiasm, Safari Club International (SCI) announced on its own initiative today that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reversed critical elephant protections established during the Obama administration, allowing imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia. For decades, Zimbabwe has been run by a dictator who has targeted and killed his political opponents, and operated the country’s wildlife management program as something of a live auction. Remember, it was Zimbabwe where Walter Palmer shot Cecil, one of the most beloved and well-studied African lions, who was lured out of a national park for the killing. Palmer paid a big fee even though it did irreparable damage to the nation’s reputation.

    The United States has listed African elephants under the federal Endangered Species Act, and hunting trophies can only be imported if the federal government finds that killing them positively enhances the survival of the species. Under the prior administration, FWS made the eminently reasonable decision that Zimbabwe – one of the most corrupt countries on earth – was not managing its elephant population in a sustainable manner. Government officials allegedly have been involved in both poaching of elephants and illegal export of ivory tusks. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe even celebrated his birthday last year by feasting on an elephant.

    Zimbabwe’s elephant population has declined six percent since 2001 and evidence shows that poaching has increased in areas where trophy hunting is permitted (such as in the Chirisa and Chete safari areas). A number of problems with Zimbabwe’s elephant management remain unresolved to date: the lack of an elephant management plan; lack of sufficient data on population numbers and trends; anemic enforcement of wildlife laws; lack of information about how money derived from trophy hunting by U.S. hunters is distributed within Zimbabwe; and lack of a national mechanism, such as government support, to sustain elephant conservation efforts in the country.

    This jarring announcement comes on the same day that global news sources report that Mr. Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s aging dictator, is under house arrest following a military coup. This fact in and of itself highlights the absurdity and illegal nature of the FWS decision to find that Zimbabwe is capable of ensuring that elephant conservation and trophy hunting are properly managed. During the last two years, poachers in the country have poisoned several dozen elephants, including young calves. Government officials cash in by capturing elephant calves who are still dependent on their mothers and exporting them to China for use in zoos. Perhaps not surprisingly, a hunting outfitter advertised elephant hunts in Zimbabwe as soon as the SCI announcement was made public. It’s a venal and nefarious, pay-to-slay arrangement that Zimbabwe has set up with the trophy hunting industry.

    Notably, an FWS decision to allow imports of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe is legally required to be published in the Federal Register, and no such formal decision has yet appeared. That SCI, the largest pro-trophy-hunting lobby group, announced this decision suggests an uncomfortably cozy and even improper relationship between trophy hunting interests and the Department of the Interior.

    SCI’s announcement indicates that elephant trophies will also be allowed to be imported from Zambia. The elephant population in Zambia has suffered a dramatic decrease over the last few decades, from more than 200,000 elephants in 1972 to just a little over 21,000 according to the Great Elephant Census in 2016. Ivory trafficking remains a threat to the country’s elephant population.

    Even more ominous, the FWS has just erected a new website that provides a guide to trophy hunters seeking to import lion trophies. Just last year the FWS listed the lion as threatened with extinction under the Endangered Species Act, set up criteria that must be met before the FWS would allow the import of lion trophies, and prohibited imports of trophies from captive lion populations hunted in fenced enclosures – commonly referred to as canned lion hunting – in South Africa.

    Unbelievably the news gets even worse, as the Department of the Interior has also just announced that it is forming a euphemistically named advisory group, the International Wildlife Conservation Council, that would allow trophy hunters an even more prominent seat at the table of government decision-making, ignoring the copious science that trophy hunting undermines the conservation of threatened and endangered species.

    Let’s be clear: elephants are on the list of threatened species; the global community has rallied to stem the ivory trade; and now, the U.S. government is giving American trophy hunters the green light to kill them.

    What kind of message does it send to say to the world that poor Africans who are struggling to survive cannot kill elephants in order to use or sell their parts to make a living, but that it’s just fine for rich Americans to slay the beasts for their tusks to keep as trophies?

    The anti-colonial revolution that Mugabe helped lead in 1980 is a distant memory, and a new form of colonialism has taken effect in the bowels of the Zimbabwean government – with rich, white trophy hunters allowed, for a fee, to plunder wildlife for personal benefit. It’s time for the era of the trophy killing of Africa’s most majestic and endangered animals to come to a final close, and the United States should not be retreating from that commitment.

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    Your voices are being heard, let's keep up the pressure on to keep the elephant trophy ban in place. President Trump has just tweeted that he is going to put big game trophy decision on hold. Thank you for raising your voices for the elephants. Please keep the pressure up by signing the petition.
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    How We’re Failing Elephants: The Connection Between the Ivory Trade and Zoos

    What do you have in common with an elephant? Well, a lot. From grieving for lost loved ones and comforting their friends, to getting chatty with herd mates and checking ourselves out in the mirror, these magnificent creatures have demonstrated endless behaviors many people thought were unique to humans.

    What’s more, elephants are a very popular character in cultures all over the world. Unfortunately, this does not shield these animals from being abused and even killed by humans. With less than 650,000 elephants remaining on the planet, they are in real danger of extinction, and it’s our job to protect them. One of the biggest threats elephants faces: poaching.

    Elephant Poaching Is an International Crisis
    For decades, elephants have faced the looming threat of extinction as tusks are savagely ripped from their faces to satisfy the global demand for ivory. This illegal trade is fraught with corruption on every level, and profits often go towards funding for dangerous terrorist groups.

    The ivory crisis has been making headlines recently as more and more U.S. municipalities are being held accountable for their participation in the illegal ivory trade. While many people may assume that the ivory trade is a distant phenomenon, only occurring in far off countries where elephants reside, this could not be further from the truth. It is estimated that around one elephant is killed every 15 minutes for their tusks, totaling out to the loss of 100 elephants a day. Given the slow reproduction rates of elephants, many scientists believe they could be extinct from the wild within the next 20 years.

    The world’s elephant population was severely depleted during the 20th-century as a direct result of the worldwide ivory trade. In an effort to protect the elephant population, an international ban on ivory was enacted in 1989; however, under this legislation, any ivory that was in circulation before the ban could still be imported and exported. In light of this “loophole,” new ivory has been able to slip into circulation with traders falsifying documents and antiquing ivory products to make them appear as if they pre-date the ban.

    When an elephant is killed for their ivory, it affects not only the particular elephant involved but also their entire family. Baby elephants are cruelly deprived of their mothers while older elephants are deprived of their children, sisters, or brothers. The bond between elephant mothers and their babies is akin to that of human mothers and children.

    Elephants naturally live in matriarchal groups, headed by an older female elephant who is usually replaced by her eldest daughter when she dies. The group typically comprises of the matriarch, her daughters, and their calves. The females assist one another with the care and rearing of their young while adult males roam in separate “bachelor” groups. The deep, loving bonds between elephant families and herd members persist until death but when the family is torn apart by poachers, those bonds are tragically lost forever.

    So what can we do as concerned citizens to stop the ivory trade? The first step is obvious: stop purchasing wild animal products. Every ivory trinket was created from an elephant that was killed. But what else can animal lovers do? Many zoos offer strong positions against the ivory trade and boast about their conversation efforts, urging supporters to not buy ivory but are zoos helping or hurting elephants?

    Are Zoos Helping Stop the Ivory Trade?
    One of the many ways that people learn about animals (or at least think they do) is by visiting zoos. Many zoos operate under the guise that their captive breeding programs help to preserve species and that putting animals on display is a form of conservation. But, in reality, zoos purchase their animals, taking them from their wild habitat and forcing them into captivity to generate a profit.

    When adult elephants are killed for their tusks, many orphaned baby elephants are then sold into a life of captivity. For instance, in 2015, a group of elephant calves was exported from Zimbabwe, months after they were captured from the wild for sale to zoos in China. More recently, in May of 2017, Namibia, sold five baby elephants to a zoo in Dubai for an undisclosed price.

    Zoos may argue that keeping animals in captivity works to maintain the species, but according to animal welfare organization, Born Free USA, that may not be helping. The prime risk to elephants is poaching in the wild. Even with the elephant population low, it isn’t so low to justify literally taking elephants from their native habitat and placing them in captivity for protection.

    Elephants in the wild are threatened by poachers hoping to cash in on their ivory tusks, but captive elephants don’t fare much better. In fact, research shows that statistics show that mortality rates of elephants increase significantly at zoos.

    Wild elephants can live on average to age 75, the typical life expectancy among captive animals is only 20-30 years.

    There is little debate that poaching of elephants is a brutal practice,” Born Free Prashant Khetan told One Green Planet. “This does not, however, justify the placement or breeding of elephants in zoos. To the contrary, statistics show that mortality rates of elephants increase significantly at zoos, not to mention the known risks at zoos of physical ailments, psychological issues, and even disease. Moreover, there is no evidence to show that so-called conservation of elephants in zoos will impact the decline of elephants due to poaching.”

    Zoos aim to teach us about wild animals and their natural habitats, but what they feature is a sad replica of a “natural” environment and animals who have been forcibly removed from their families and lives to be put on display for profit. Cramped conditions and hard floors cause arthritis and issues with their feet and joints. Psychological distress from by the absence of exercise and companionship leads captive elephants to exhibit abnormal, repetitive behaviors like head bobbing. Some zoos still use negative reinforcement training, like prodding animals with painful bullhooks. This practice aggravates elephants and led to more than 135 human injuries and 18 human deaths since 1990.

    Elephants Deserve Better
    Simply put, zoos are perpetuating the idea that elephants are ours either to take a photo of, ride, keep in captivity, use in the circus or use their tusks for ivory. No animal should have to generate income for humans in order to be considered worthy. These animals are deprived of their natural social structures and behaviors and consequently reduced to mentally and physically distressed stand-ins for the animals they should be. It has been proven that zoos do not have any educational value for children.

    Elephants kept in captivity are chronically overweight with 40 percent of captive elephants considered obese and regularly display clear signs of mental zoochosis, such as excessive grooming, rocking back and forth, pacing, twisting of the neck, or self-mutilation. In addition, they frequently succumb to illnesses and diseases not often encountered in the wild, including tuberculosis, deadly foot disease, arthritis, infertility, and more.

    Life in a zoo is already damaging enough for elephants, who are highly intelligent and emotional beings that experience joy, love, grief, compassion, altruism, rage and stress, just like humans do. In the wild, they rely on complex and tightly-knit family structures that are rarely kept intact in captivity and are unquestionably disrupted by human activity, which invokes great anxiety, stress and even trauma in these animals.

    What You Can Do
    There is a compromise. Elephant sanctuaries keep the animals away from poachers while giving them space, resources and social contact they need to be happy and lead their natural healthy and active lives. It’s much more fun to watch elephants playing naturally than standing around in a small zoo enclosure, and sanctuary life gives observers an accurate picture of true elephant behavior.

    We can also make a real difference for these animals in the wild by concentrating our efforts – and donation dollars – on anti-poaching groups. Over 1,000 wildlife rangers charged with protecting endangered species have been killed by poachers in the past 10 years. If we hope to protect precious species, we need to help protect the people putting their lives on the line. To learn more about groups working to end poaching, click here.

    By spreading awareness about the plight of elephants and all of world’s endangered wildlife, we can help people see the consequences of their actions. Share this post and help save these amazing animals while they’re still here.

    For more information on how you can play your part in the fight to save elephants, check out some of the resources below:

    David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’s Elephant Conservation page
    World Elephant Day
    World Wildlife Fund’s African Elephant Program
    Save Elephant Foundation
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    This is Chanda! She is a 31-year-old female elephant from whom both her calves were snatched away (first born, Peanut, and the second born, Suman). She spends her days slaving at the #AmerFort, slowly and excruciatingly making her way to the top of the fort with a heavy carrier pressing down on her protruding spine, filled with tourists and a handler that keeps a sharpened stick always at the ready to punish her for any steps out of place or any exhausted resistance.
    She must be in unimaginable anguish, but the pain of losing her babies – twice – must be infinitely worse.
    Just as the authorities turn a blind eye to the plight of her and her baby, Suman, they turn a deaf ear to #WildlifeSOS's repeated attempts to ask for their assistance. We feel helpless, but we will not give up on Suman and her family.

    Here are ways you can help reunite this family:
    - Sign the #petition to the Chief Wildlife Warden asking for their freedom. He has the power to take action on their behalf: https://bit.ly/2IA3jwa

    - Share this link with people who love elephants that explains the campaign: http://wildlifesos.org/save-suman/

    - Boycott elephant attractions in Jaipur like the Amer Fort, and report to your travel agent/guide that the reason you don’t want to go is because of the cruelty inflicted upon the elephants there.

    However, if you or someone you know is visiting Jaipur- tell them to keep an eye out for elephant #112 (Chanda) carrying tourists up to the fort. Send any information to us at info@wildlifesos.org.
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    Elephants are very loving and caring, I agree.

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