When Teresa visited the Nyungwe Forest National Park in Rwanda recently, she was surprised to see no elephants. A ranger told her it was because there are essentially no more elephants to be seen in the National Park. The poaching of these animals has resulted in their disappearance.
One party that’s complicit in the near disappearance of African elephants are the airlines that allow for the transport of ivory, including South African Airlines. That’s why Teresa wrote a petition asking for them to reinstate their previous ban on transporting ivory â€” will you join her effort?
African elephants are in trouble. They elephants in Africa are being killed for their tusks at a rate of one every 15 minutes. This number includes poaching and also those animals killed through trophy hunting.
Elephants are a keystone species that play an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live. Saving the elephants requires strengthening anti-poaching efforts and patrols in Africa’s parks, supporting governments in apprehending and sentencing ivory traffickers, and putting an end to legal trophy hunting.
South African Airways originally joined the worldwide embargo on transporting legally hunted trophies last year, but lifted the ban just three months later. Allowing the shipment of ivory is the same as providing a getaway vehicle for the theft of African wildlife. Whether the hunt is legal or illegal â€” the end result is the same.
There are estimated to be only 400,000 elephants left in Africa. To protect these amazing creatures, we need a unified front and the airlines are important in the fight. Sign Teresa’s petition to demand that South African Airways contribute to saving Africa’s remaining elephants by reinstating its ban on ivory transportation.
The Care2 Petitions Team
P.S. Ending the decimation of elephants requires us to stop the flow of their body parts for money. Will you join in asking South African Airways to ban the transport of ivory?