Changes in people’s minds, in the regulations, in the concrete actions on the ground and in the way society approaches elephants’ needs and rights are the final objectives of the Elephant Advocacy League.
Below here the most important changes we are aiming at and for which we are constantly working for:
- A successful re-positioning of elephants in people’s mind. Acknowledging the respect and care we should have for nature and all its creatures, nevertheless elephants are recognized as being among the most intelligent and emotionally complex non-human species and deserve a more careful and protective approach, in the wild and in captivity;
- A successful re-positioning of the situation on the ground and the collateral dramas, including the human toll of the ivory trade, with people getting killed, poor villagers abused and pushed into crime, authorities getting corrupted and widows and orphans remaining behind this bloody criminal chain;
- A public discussion in favor of a higher ethical consideration of elephants, including a more ethical treatment of elephants in the wild and in captivity;
- To make ivory consumption unpopular and politically incorrect, with ivory consumers and sellers feeling the pressure from their partners, friends, children and the rest of the society;
- Improved national and international regulations, with stiffer punishments;
- Laws better enforced, with more poachers and traffickers caught and jailed.
EAL pays particular attention in not duplicating the good work already done by numerous other organizations/NGOs and in not overlapping with their activities.
On the contrary EAL is trying to engage other selected organizations, support their important work when possible and leverage their precious experience, in order to create a common framework and to produce a more coherent and powerful global message about the value of elephant’s human-like characteristics, the ongoing elephant’s exploitation and the crucial importance of fighting wildlife crime.
Photo by Andrea Crosta