Get serious about the protection and conservation of elephants - before it's too late
Action Alert from


Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
August 2013


Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, enacted in 1989, the destruction of elephants for their tusks has exploded in African wildlife parks. Unless urgent action is taken to end the slaughter, conservationists are predicting that we may be witnessing the end of elephants in our lifetime. The Christian Science Monitor reports that in 2012, a shocking 30,000 elephants in Africa were slaughtered for their ivory, 7.4 percent of the entire population.


  • Donate. Help fund conservation organizations working on the ground to stop poaching and save elephants. (Avoid contributing to any organization that counts circuses among its members.)
  • Increase awareness. Share the information you have learned here with friends, family and colleagues.
  • Write a letter. Send a letter to the editor of your local paper about the plight of African elephants and the need for governments around the world to get involved in protecting them.
  • Write to your elected officials. Ask them to monitor U.S. efforts to stop the ivory trade, both at home and abroad, and to fully support U.S. involvement in ending the ivory trade. Contact your Senators and your Congressional Representative.
  • Support a petition. Join the more than 50,000 people who have signed the "Say No To Ivory" petition at
  • Start a club at your school. JulietteSpeaks provides tips on how to do so.
  • Never buy ivory! Alert friends, family and colleagues who may be traveling that it is illegal and unethical to buy ivory products, including bracelets, trinkets, and carvings.


Please read A Cry for Help: African Elephants under Seige...for Ivory on this website.

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A container full of tusks destined to Malaysia was seized at the port of Mombasa in July 2013. A Kenya Wildlife Service officer numbers those tusks
(photo Getty Images)

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