Do you know what this is? Probably not. I apologize for the poor picture quality.
It’s a bracelet. It’s made of ivory. And it is… In. My. House. Hypocritical? Not so much. You see, this bracelet was a gift from parents many many many moons ago when the sale of ivory was still legal in Tanzania. And, since about 11 or 12, once I was of an age to have an opinion on the matter, this bracelet has not graced my wrist. I will also never sell it. I’m not sentimental to the point of thinking it would hurt the feelings of my parents. They know how I feel. Simply put, I don’t want anyone else to have the opportunity to buy it. As long as the sale of ivory remains legal in any form and in any part of our planet then the majestic elephant will be in perpetual danger. That, my friends, is not acceptable. Scenes like this are not acceptable. Memo to African governments: Culling is not acceptable. Yes, the other solutions are far more expensive… but isn’t the preservation of your tourism income worth it?
I could write about this for pages and pages, but I am only one person. Guess what? You are one person. One plus one can equal thousands... millions... and we can make a difference. I just signed a petition to help save elephants from extinction by permanently banning the sale of ivory.
Please add your name today!
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Once you sign the petition you will be given the option to share your decision on Facebook or Twitter. I grew up sharing my childhood with the African elephant. I want my children to be able to go back to Kenya with me and experience elephants in the wild.
“The question is: Are we happy to suppose that our grandchildren may never be able to see an elephant except in a picture book?” ~David Attenborough