Monday, July 27, 2015

Elephants - an endangered species

Yes, Katalusis readers, those awe-inspiring, magnificent creatures - the elephants - are being exterminated by greedy poachers. I'm posting this message from Jamie Rappaport Clark on their behalf:

To: Virginia Bergman

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Help stop elephant extinction in its tracks!
elephants (c)  Riaan Fourie
Unless we act now, African and Asian elephants will slide towards extinction.
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Dear Virginia,
If you love elephants, this will break your heart.
Reports have just come in showing that Tanzania, once the African elephant capital of the world, has lost two-thirds of its elephants to poachers in just four years.
"I had never seen anything like that – there were carcasses everywhere," reported one observer.
Can you imagine a world without elephants? That’s where we’re headed if we don’t act with the greatest possible urgency.
Make a donation of $30 or more, and we’ll send you our brand new "Stop Extinction in Its Tracks" bumper sticker, free. This sticker will show your support and help bring attention to this critically important issue!
You might be surprised to know that the United States is the second largest importer of illegal ivory in the world. The Obama Administration has taken some important steps to block illegal ivory imports and sales. But at the same time, the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) and its cronies are pressuring in Congress to make it easier to import ivory and other elephant "trophies." It’s almost too shocking to believe.
As Americans, you and I must do our part to end the demand for ivory, stop the importation of illegal blood ivory into the U.S. and aid the elephant nations in their efforts to end the killing.
An elephant is ruthlessly killed for its ivory tusks roughly every 15 minutes. Unless we act now to stop it, both Asian and African elephants will continue to slide towards extinction.
Jaime Rappaport Clark
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President, Defenders of Wildlife

P.S. Please put these stickers on your car or bike – we need to wake people to the urgent extinction crisis going on around us!

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