What about elephants

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It's just so sad! The numbers are just horrible, unbeliavable how it went down so fast in such a short period of time, since 1979 the half of the population was killed! Just embarrasing, Im ashamed of human race sometimes. Well, more than sometimes lol.

But as you say at the end, there are still people who care and actually DO something to take care of them.


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It's just so sad! The numbers are just horrible, unbeliavable how it went down so fast in such a short period of time, since 1979 the half of the population was killed! Just embarrasing, Im ashamed of human race sometimes. Well, more than sometimes lol.

But as you say at the end, there are still people who care and actually DO something to take care of them.


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As awful as this is to say, it's true, mankind will see to the destruction of this earth. We're worse than any plague. Again, I know that's awful to say but that's how I see it. We use, abuse, consume, are over populated and don't give enough back and are destroying this planet in the process.


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As awful as this is to say, it's true, mankind will see to the destruction of this earth. We're worse than any plague. Again, I know that's awful to say but that's how I see it. We use, abuse, consume, are over populated and don't give enough back and are destroying this planet in the process.

^This...You're absolutely right...As Michael said, it starts with us....We've ruined this planet...It's up to us to save it...No one else will do it...


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Elephants are beautiful creatures..............

I think that poachers should be treated and convicted as murderers!!!!!


And speaking of elephants... does anyone know what happened and where is the elephant that Liz Taylor gave it to Michael? :unsure:




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I'm afraid the only way to stop this is to show no mercy to anyone connected to this evil trade!!!!


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I wish I could be helping those people who want to help save the elephants. It is just so very upsetting with what is happening to them. My latest issue of my National Geographic magazine for October 2012. Mentions it right on their cover. It says 25000 elephants was killed last year alone. I was angry when I saw this. Especially since elephants are one of my most favorite animals. And it says right in the article that in the first half of this year. 6 park rangers died protecting Kenya's elephants. And rangers has killed 23 poachers. I am so glad to hear that poachers are being killed for wanting to kill the elephants. I just wish it was like that in all the countries that has elephants in the wild. Where people would want to kill elephants. Especially for their ivory. But I am at least glad that Kenya is doing something to help save the elephants. And I just wish that the illegal ivory trade would come to a complete permanent stop as well. I just don't understand the purpose of turning an elephant's ivory in to works of art or something like that. Why can't they do that on canvas or clay instead? Especially clay where you can make all kinds of things out of clay. I should know since my one subject in my 10th grade year of high school was pottery class.


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I think MJ also had another meaning to "have we lost their trust". We have in many cases...

I'm not sure how true they are but there are many stories out there of elephants killing humans for revenge, and even eating their corpses. They have quite an organized society and good memory as well, and they feel pain like if a loved one is killed...


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"With support from WWF Board Member Leonardo DiCaprio, the campaigning group Avaaz.org and all of you, we helped secure a commitment from Thailand's prime minister to end the trade of ivory in Thailand.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra stood before a crowded hall of delegates attending an international wildlife trade meeting and told the world that she would take steps to end the ivory trade in her country. This commitment would close a major global loophole that contributes to tens of thousands of elephant deaths every year.

It was a decision that did not come easily, and would not have happened if not for you. You were part of a 1.4 million-strong petition urging her to stand up for elephants and ban Thai ivory trade.

This is an enormous step forward in the fight to stop wildlife crime.

WWF will continue to work to ensure that today's promise becomes a reality. We are urging the Thai government to provide a detailed timeline outlining the steps they will take to follow through on this pledge.

I urge you to take a moment to read more at worldwildlife.org about the historic decision that you helped to make happen."


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'Mourning' elephants refuse to leave accident site
Alok K N Mishra, TNN Aug 5, 2013, 01.08AM IST
Tags:Friends|carefulRANCHI: Around 15 elephants, who are mourning a member of their herd after it was was hit by a train near Matari railway station under Dhanbad division of the East Central Railway on Howrah-New Delhi main railway route a couple of days ago, have attacked villages and demolished parts of a school and several houses. Villagers have been keeping night-long vigil, but haven't been to drive away the herd.Wildlife activist D S Srivastava said elephants have a strong sense of family bonding and often resort to revenge attacks. He said: "Elephants often try to return to the site of such accidents as they believe that their mate has only been injured and could be rescued by them. Even when an elephant dies a natural death, their friends cover the body with bushes and small tree branches." Srivastava added that the herd will try to return to this site again and again.

Railway authorities are also concerned and are maintaining a vigil on tracks. "Train drivers have also been asked to be more careful," said Amrendra Das spokesperson for Dhanbad division.

A herd of elephants had stopped several trains on the main Delhi-Howrah route near Matari railway station on Wednesday night after one member of the herd was killed by the Kolkata-Delhi Duronto Express. The elephants left the area only after the railway's disaster management team with foresters arrived on the spot and burst crackers .

The herd, however, did not go very far and were spotted in the Belwatand forests near Srirampur hill on Thursday morning. The foresters gathered experts who are experts in chasing the jumbos and tried to chase them away but they did not go away. In the intervening night of Thursday and Friday they tried to go near Matari railway station where their friend had died. The villagers who had kept a vigil, however, did not allow them to go to the site by bursting crackers and hitting drums. Several houses were damaged in the Belwatand village in the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The foresters called in an elephant-chasing squad from Bengal and drove the herd beyond Srirampur hill on Friday afternoon. The herd again tried to visit the spot on Friday night and damaged l houses in Hariktand village, situated on the foothills of Srirampur hill.

Dhanbad DFO Satish Chandra Rai said he has not received any claims for compensation from villagers. "The elephants have damaged some houses here," said Rai. He said the extent of damage would be known only after the villagers' claim compensation. Sources, however, said around 10 houses have been damaged.

The elephants lost a familymember, just like humans they wanted to mourn their loved one


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As feds crush ivory in Denver to curb poaching, Kerry offers $1M reward to stop elephant killing

U.S. authorities on Thursday crushed 6 tons of seized ivory, each piece cut from dead elephants, signaling resolve to kill a $10 billion illicit trade linked to international crime and terrorism.

Tusks and carved objects seized from airports and border crossings over the past two decades were loaded into a blue rock-grinder near a warehouse at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge where the ivory was kept, and pulverized it all into fine chips.

"By taking this action, the United States will help raise the profile of the issue and inspire other nations," said Judy Garber, deputy assistant secretary of state, one of the senior Obama administration officials in Colorado for the invitation-only event. "All of us have to step up our game and work together to put an end to this before we lose the species forever."

Poached ivory may have financed the recent Somali terrorist attack on Kenya's Westgate mall, Garber said: "That issue is being looked into."

This first U.S. government destruction of illegal ivory was orchestrated as part of a broader campaign including increased funding to fight poaching and crackdowns on consumers. President Obama in July launched a task force. Diplomats have engaged governments in China, Vietnam and Thailand.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the dismantling of the Xaysavang Network, a Laos-based criminal operation that that "facilitates the killing of endangered elephants, rhinos and other species for products such as ivory."

The State Department said the group has affiliates in South Africa, Mozambique, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and China. Profits from illegal activities by this group and others, the department said, funds other illicit activities such as narcotics, arms and human trafficking.

Consumer demand for ivory objects is blamed for a surge in killing African elephants. Expanding wealthy classes in East Asia covet ivory items, many of them carved in Chinese government-backed factories.

At least 25,000 elephants were illegally killed in 2012, and even more this year, according to the 178-nation UN-backed Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

That's the most since CITES banned ivory commerce in 1989. The ban was relaxed in 1997 to let southern African nations with elephants cull herds and sell ivory. CITES allowed ivory sell-offs by governments in 2008 and 2010.

The global population of elephants, estimated at around 600,000 in 1989 is estimated by CITES at 472,000 today.

Assistant U.S. Interior Secretary Dan Ashe compared the intensifying slaughter of elephants today to mass killings of bison in the late 19th century that brought the species to near extinction.

"We have a moral obligation to respond," he told group of U.S. officials and global wildlife conservation leaders gathered at the Arsenal to witness the crush. "You have the chance to crush wildlife trafficking and save these magnificent creatures."

"Sex and the City" star Kristin Davis, a patron of the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, which has worked to raise orphans of slaughtered elephants in Africa, said the orphans themselves now are in jeopardy.

U.S. officials estimate elephants could go extinct in 8-10 years if the current rate of slaughter continues.

The soul of the human species is what is at stake if we allow elephants to go extinct," said "True Blood" actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, an ambassador for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Van Straten, 46, threw carvings her late father brought to the U.S. after his military service into the grinder for destruction Thursday. She urged other Americans who have heirloom ivory objects in their possession to destroy them, calling it an ethical choice.

"Are we playing more for the team of consumerism and things? Or are we playing for the team of life?" van Straten said.

U.S. officials are ramping up action because ivory smuggling funds crime and terrorism.

A Sept. 6 report from the Director of National Intelligence says demand for ivory and rhino horn so outpaces supply and is so lucrative that "criminal elements of all kinds, including some terrorist entities and rogue security personnel, often in collusion with government officials in source countries, are involved in poaching and movement of ivory and rhino horn across east, central and southern Africa."

The report echoed congressional testimony by then-Sen. John Kerry last year, before he replaced Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, about armed men crossing from Sudan into Central African Republic and from Somalia into Kenya to kill elephants and smuggle out ivory.

The crush Thursday was was highlighted at U.S. embassies abroad, where diplomats have worked to draw attention to the toughening U.S. approach to illicit wildlife trafficking.

"This material has no economic value because it is seized and forfeited material," said Robert Dreher, acting assistant U.S. Attorney General for the environment, pointing at the pile of ivory before it was loaded into the crusher, promising stronger prosecution of poaching and smuggling inside the U.S.

"The scale of this criminal activity demands a vigorous response," he said. "This is criminal activity that the U.S. will not tolerate."

Wildlife conservation leaders in Denver are calling on Congress to fund the African Elephant Conservation Act with $5 million a year for anti-poaching in Africa and to ban any import, export and interstate movement of ivory. Night vision gear will be an essential tool for African rangers because poachers work at night using sophisticated weapons, said Born Free U.S.A. vice president Adam Roberts.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials have said a monument to slaughtered elephants, using the crushed ivory chips, is envisioned.

Some critics contend symbolic destruction of ivory might boost the value of illegal ivory, which a CITES study said sold for $8,185 per kilo in China. They argue U.S. officials should re-inject the ivory into the market to try to make it less lucrative.

But a widening movement of elephant supporters is pressing for total prohibition.

In June, Kristal Parks, director of Denver-based Pachyderm Power, staged a 10-day hunger strike outside China's embassy in Washington, D.C. She displayed signs - China! Elephants need your help - and sent letters to the ambassador inside.

"No amount of ivory will drive down the price because the lust for ivory is insatiable," said Parks, 63, who works several months a year in Kenya and was there during the mall attack.

"All ivory should be illegal," she said. Elephants are "profoundly noble and majestic in stature with a heightened awareness and sensitivity that dwarfs our own. I couldn't bear to live in a world without them."



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I very much adore & love Elephants :heart: :wub: Such gentle yet powerful animals.... They're apart of the ancients, grand & loyal.




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Themba and Albert, an elephant and a sheep

They say they were lucky that the sheep they chosed to be Thembas friend were special.
I believe every sheep can be special, if they only get the chance


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Themba and Albert, an elephant and a sheep

They say they were lucky that the sheep they chosed to be Thembas friend were special.
I believe every sheep can be special, if they only get the chance

Ohhhhh.. :heart: Oh my goodness! Thanks for posting. Animals they are so very precious! Tissue...
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On International Women's Day is a good time to post this about a very special woman,

Pat Derby was the first to champion the cause of performing wild animals,
and she put her heart and soul into their rescue, care and protection.

She was full of dreams, but unlike many people, she realized hers with a vengeance!
Pat's cherished dream of creating a spacious refuge where performing animals could express their wild
natures in an enriching, natural habitat became what is now ARK 2000 in San Andreas, Calif. - a thriving
2,300-acre sanctuary where we currently care for 11 elephants, 21 tigers, 4 lions, 7 bears and one black leopard.

No one but Pat could conceive of and realize an event as spectacular as "Circus PAWS," which debuted in Hollywood, Calif., in 2012.
The circus used only human performers to entertain and to teach young and old alike that wild animals just don't belong in circuses.
Pat fearlessly advocated for captive wildlife and performing animals.
Together, she and Ed set the pace for the legislative work that we continue today.

Always at the forefront, they inspired and passed milestone legislation in California, and stormed the halls in Washington, D.C., bringing the suffering of elephants in circuses and traveling shows to light with moving testimony before members of Congress.

You can read more here http://www.pawsweb.org/


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Innocent animals, they do not suspect that after all this time, they will fall from a bullet by the thousands. They will lie in the dust, mutilated by our shameless greed. The great males fall first, so that their tusks can be made into trinkets. Then the females fall, so that men may have trophies. The babies run screaming from the smell of their own mothers blood, but it does them no good to run from the guns. Silently, with no one to nurse them, they will die, too, and all their bones bleach in the sun. Michael Jackson

With no help they die from a broken heart before they starve to death.Imagine to see your whole family bing killed.

But there are people who spend their lifes saving those babies.They are heroes



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BTW, re Raju, the old owner wants him back and is taking court action, so Wildlife SOS that rescued him is asking for donations to fight to keep him in their sanctuary. He was severely emaciated and in poor health and they said it would take years for him to recover, so there is no way he should EVER go back to the owner who abused him!!! Hope the Indian courts see it that way too. There is also a petition to block this attempt to get him back on Change.org.


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How is Raju doing now?

Since his rescue about 4 months ago, Raju has come a long way! According to our senior veterinarian Dr. Yaduraj, "Raju's condition has improved a lot. He has gained about 100 kilos and his shoulder wound is healing."

Raju has also made some elephant friends at our sanctuary, where he has been quite a hit with the ladies. And Ge's a big fan of spending time in his pool (and what could be better than eating a delicious snack while bathing?).

Of course, it takes time and lots of good care to recover from 50 years of abuse, so Raju still has healing to do. We are committed to caring for him for the rest of his life, and to seeing him recover as much as possible from the wounds of his past.

If you would like to support Raju's ongoing care, please donate today. Thank you!

What's happening with the court case?

As you'll remember from the petition, Raju's former "owner" is attempting to get him back through the courts. So far, the hearing has been postponed several times. And one time it was almost heard, but Mr. Shahid (Raju's former owner) didn't show up. We now expect the case to be heard on November 21st, and our lawyers are confident and ready for it whenever it is finally heard.

Until then, our energies are focused on giving Raju a happy life. To keep up to date on how he is doing, you can visit our website (www.wildlifesos.org) and/or follow us on Facebook.


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I adore elephants! They're so precious. I love how emotional and family oriented they are. I'm currently a zoology major and plan to move to Africa to help with elephant and lion conservation. Hopefully there's some way we can help restore their population.


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Once they were abused and had to work hard
They met at Elephant Nature Park where they became best friends.
One of the elephants is blind


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So many dead elephants,maybe families to babies David Sheldrick Wildkife Trust are taking care of

Let the ivory burn


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After three and a half years of trying to convince and invite many elephant camp management teams, owners, family members of their business to change the way of their business to be more humane, today I would like to announce the best news of this year to all of you to know that , the biggest camp of Karnchanaburi at Saiyok district , made the decision to stop elephant riding and elephant shows of their own program, and our team will come to help to work at the project to change to be an Elephant Nature Park Model. It means that we can release 60 elephants free from work. We applaud their soulful decision. I hope that more elephant camps in Thailand will do the same way in the near future. Thanks to every one for your support and to be part of this big change. Special thanks to Khun NuNa Silpa-archa and to my husband Darrick Thomson , who always stands beside to support my work. By Lek Chialert


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^^^^ It's wonderful to see activists fighting for the rights of animals. Gives you hope that those who mistreat, abuse and kill
them won't have the last word. God bless all those who are dedicating their lives to protecting elephants and their habitat.

Elephants are such magnificent creatures, so incredibly bright and deeply emotional. LOVE THEM!!!



And MIST......I know I've said this before, but it begs repeating. Your dedication to animal causes is nothing short of inspiring. THANK YOU for having created this thread and all others :)
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Freedom for the Holidays -
Circus Elephants Mia and Sita Rescued!


After 50 years in the circus, Mia and Sita will be spending the holidays with the Herd of Hope! Even as you read this, they are on the road with our team, traveling to their new home at the rescue center.

They are both in their 50s, and are in critical need of some good veterinary care and some good rest. Can you help them with a gift today?

Mia, the more spirited of the two, has developed cloudiness in her eyes. She has significant, swelling in both hind feet, as well as abscesses in her toenails - which means she can't even walk properly and standing on concrete must be unbearably painful.

Sita is more mild mannered than Mia, but no less in need of rescue. Her right front leg never healed properly from an old fracture and she cannot bend it. Her left front leg is hyperextended, putting pressure on her foot, which has led to nail cracks and abscesses. Because of these problems, she has likely not been able to lie down and rest properly in more than a year!

They need foot baths with healing oils... soft surfaces and long hours in a pool that takes the weight off their feet.

When we launched our circus elephant campaign nearly a year ago, 67 elephants were living in Indian circuses. So far this year, you've helped us rescue 7 of them. Together, we have rescued more than 10% of India's circus elephants in just one year!

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