The World Wildlife Federation (WWF) International is taking action to put a stop to the senseless killing of elephants for their ivory.
Here is some of what WWF is saying and doing:
Every day in the savannas and forests of Africa, elephants are being gunned down for their ivory tusks. Across the continent, tens of thousands of these majestic animals are being slaughtered each year. In many places the species has already been poached to extinction.
Elephant poaching is being driven by demand for ivory carvings and trinkets in Asia where many consumers think "elephant teeth" simply fall out and re-grow without hurting the animal.
In Thailand, elephants are revered as sacred. There is a saying that there would be no Thailand without the elephant.
But Thailand is also the biggest unregulated marketfor ivory in the world. Although it is against the law to sell ivory from African elephants in Thailand, ivory from domestic Thai elephants can be sold legally. As a result, massive quantities of illegal African ivory are being laundered through Thai shops.
To save Africa’s elephants it is essential that Thailand closes this legal loophole.
See http://panda.org/killthetrade, and get involved.