In working and advocating for the global protection of elephants and for a better wildlife law enforcement we firmly believe in the importance to engage ALL the stakeholders, from African and Asian governments to NGOs, to the general public and ivory consumers, to international corporations to the facilities where elephants are kept in captivity.
We collaborate with conservationists, scientists, law enforcement agencies, security consultants, media, universities and private citizens. We encourage collaboration and sharing among all the stakeholders.
We strive to support activities on the ground that are beneficial for both elephants and people, like anti-trafficking, anti-poaching, undercover investigations and Human-Elephant Conflict mitigation. And very often these activities are crucial to protect other wild species like lions and apes.
Regarding the ivory trade, China being the largest ivory importer and consumer, represents the most important variable in the ‘ivory equation’ and potentially a very powerful partner, or a very powerful adversary.
What we are trying to do is to engage decision makers, politicians and ivory consumers, not only in China, in order to change their perception on the elephant’s tragedy, which is also a human tragedy with a huge and wide Human Toll, associated with the ivory trade, and start a cultural dialogue with strong ethical and moral implications, not just conservation. Because the ivory trade is also about human rights and the exploitation of poor and disadvantaged communities. It’s about people dying. It’s about orphans and widows.
The cooperation with the Asian’s society, especially China, is crucial in order to reach our objectives and to make lasting changes.
Our Message, shared with many other organizations, is very clear. The only way to stop the killing and to save the world’s elephants for future generations is an immediate, comprehensive, and indefinite ban on international and domestic ivory trade. One-off sales, monitoring poaching, reporting requirements, missions to inspect schemes to regulate ivory markets – none of it has worked to end the slaughter of these African giants.
Wild elephants in the Yunnan Valley, China