In March, despite public outcry, 18 elephants were flown from Swaziland to the US and separated between three zoos, Dallas zoo, Sedgwick County zoo and Henry Doorly zoo. The zoos agreed to pay $450,000 in exchange for the elephants.
Under international law set by CITES, Swaziland’s elephants are threatened with extinction. Therefore, CITES stipulates, trade in the species must be only be authorized in exceptional circumstances. However, the move was granted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for exhibit and breeding purposes.
Since the transfer, the USFWS are now considering re-listing African elephants to ‘endangered’ meaning future live imports would be completely prohibited in the US. Currently African elephants are listed as ‘threatened’.
USFWS requested comments from the public on this topic until 16th May and the iworry team would like to thank all our followers who took action and commented on the USFWS petition.
The moment there is any news from USFWS on this topic we will share it with you here – thank you.
New Jersey, New York and California have introduced in-state bans on ivory and rhino horn products to reduce demand for ivory in the USA and stem the number of elephants being slaughtered for their tusks. However, all loopholes must be closed and all US States must be courageous and implement such measures. Only when we work together can we secure a future for elephants.
iworry is a campaign by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT who are best known for their pioneering efforts in rescuing and hand-rearing orphaned infant elephants, many the victims of ivory poaching.
To date DSWT have successfully rescued over 150 orphaned elephants to rehabilitate them back into the wild where they rightly belong. Foster an elephant today for $50 / £30 and help ensure the DSWT Keepers can provide the orphans with the love and care they desperately need to survive. With your fostering you will receive monthly updates on your chosen orphan from Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the DSWT.More Info
Please download, print and share iworry materials to help spread the word.
To help reach more people, we are working on the production of various materials, all of which will be added here. These materials, written in English and Mandarin, can be printed at home, or people might prefer to print larger numbers with a professional printers.
They can be used to help inform and educate more people about what is happening to elephants and the urgent need for everyone to take steps to save the elephants.
From each corner of the globe we are urging people who want to protect elephants to stand up proudly with their poster and to help make a difference.
Download and print off the isupport poster and tell us where and why you are standing up for elephants:
Tweet your poster to @iworrytrade to make it onto our hall of fame. If you don’t have twitter, please email your photos. Please use the hashtag #1every15 on twitter to show your support for elephants.
Supporters around the world are standing up for elephants. Please see below the people currently supporting iworry.
100% of the price of these gifts will directly fund projects run by the DSWT to protect Africa’s wildlife.
Support our iworry campaign by displaying our new 'One Every Fifteen Minutes' car stickers on the inside of your window or car window.
Car bumper stickers also available.
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A simple way to spread the word about iworry and the poaching crisis. Wear yours with pride! (Also available in Mandarin Chinese)
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Start conversations with our iworry t-shirt – an easy way to spread the word about the campaign. 100% organic cotton.
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