CALIFORNIA Assembly Bill No. 96
Yours truly, along with many others including The Humane Society of the United States, San Francisco SPCA, Defenders of Wildlife and WildAid showed up in Sacramento March of 2015 to testify in support of a state bill, that if passed, would further protect elephants and rhinos from becoming extinct. Our opposition, several rifle and hunting organizations – including the National Rifle Association and Safari Club International – opposed the bill, concerned that it would place unnecessary burdens on collectors and owners of firearms made with ivory.
The bill was introduced & championed by State Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins who chose the number 96 for the bill, drawn from advocates’ estimate that 96 elephants are killed per day.
The bill passed and became operative on July, 1, 2016 making California the 5th state to have passed such a bill.
This bill now makes it unlawful to purchase, sell, offer for sale, possess with intent to sell, or import with intent to sell ivory or rhinoceros horn, except as specified, and would make this prohibition enforceable by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
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Elephants don't cover themselves in mud and dust for no reason. Ellies use this mud to create a layer of protection from the sun. So, basically it's their version of sunscreen. Depending on the region that the elephant is they might appear different colours due to the hue of the soil in that area. This close up snap that I took of an elephant in the Samburu National Reserve shows the the most amazing patterns of mud stains along its ears and face 💛 #kenya#elephants#samburu#samburunationalreserve#africa#travel
Will a new day dawn for elephants in 2018?
With China’s full ban of the domestic ivory trade on Dec 31st 2017, the tides have finally turned. Hong Kong will ban their trade in 2021.
In the best case scenario, the sentiment will cascade throughout Asia and spur more countries to solidify their commitment to saving elephants, and to take concerted action to rid the gaps and loopholes within governments that are allowing thousands of elephants to die on our watch. Let's hope that dawn will come.
A few centuries ago, there were about 26 million elephants. Today, there are fewer than 400,000.
'Sup humans! 🐘African elephants are the most majestic and fascinating creatures and I feel so fortunate to have been able to spend a month up close and personal with them. Did you know that these gentle giants have a similar life expectancy to humans and can live to 70 years old? They also have amazing memories and will walk the same invisible paths that are imprinted in their minds time and again. ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
However, elephants are under threat from habitat loss and human wildlife conflict. Not to mention the illegal ivory trade. Having ivory hasn't been cool for decades so why are elephants still being killed for it? Help protect ellies like this lil inquisitive one I snapped a 📷 of in Samburu National Reserve, Kenya and say no to ivory. #elephants#saynotoivory#samburu#kenya#travel#conservation
A family of elephants grazes peacefully on the #plains of the #Serengeti .
Ivory-seeking poachers have killed 100,000 #African#elephants in just three years - 100 elephants a day.
During 2011 alone, roughly one of every twelve African elephants was killed by a poacher - and the problem has only gotten worse since then.
Thankfully, organizations like @elephantcrisisfund @savetheelephants and @africanwildlifefoundation are fighting to stop the onslaught and protect these animals. Please check them out and #donate if you can.
We can stop this before it’s too late. We need to stop this.
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By now, China will have closed all of its ivory factories and banned the ivory trade, most likely for good.
It’s a monumental step in helping to save the African elephant from extinction- however, there’s still much more that needs to be done. Poaching is of course still happening, fuelling the black market trade which now forms 100% of the ivory market in the country. Our eyes are also now on the neighbouring countries where tusks continue to flow, including Laos, Vietnam and Thailand, some of which are seeing a frightening increase in demand for ivory. It was only last week that Thai authorities seized US$500k worth of it.
Hopefully with China’s leadership in the region, and an active approach across all governments in fighting corruption within its systems, the sentiment and commitment to save elephants will cascade throughout all of Asia.
And then perhaps when we finally get it right with the African elephants, they might have a fighting chance of living for longer than just a couple of generations.
They just don’t have time to wait.
The huge tusker known as Oneton quenching his thirst at a water point in the dry Chyulu Hills. I hadn't initially noticed his arrival, as I was focused on another nearby elephant. My first sighting on this occasion was a view of his lower legs. I then looked further upwards and faced a truly enormous elephant and while doing this I sensed that it was Oneton. He towered over his companions, know as askaris, and his form occupied a large part of the sky. I was in a safe spot, but double checked that the separation in distance terms was sufficient to avoid the risk of contact as I felt he might have the ability to reach out and deliver a blow of some kind. As he's known to be quite a relaxed animal in this location, my initial concern subsided and I was able to chill. It was an extraordinary privilege to be in Oneton's close proximity and the sense of wonder and amazement was dominant. Also, prevalent was a slight fear of being so very close to a wild animal, offset by the joy of being in his immediate presence. And, yes I wanted to commune with Oneton as I felt there may be some unique way of an exchange, and I noticed he kept an eye on me. That element never developed although he definitely held my attention, which was intense. I was guilty of wishful thinking, but nothing ventured nothing gained! What was he thinking I wondered, given the threatened status of his kind due to human wildlife conflict? His survival is due to the enormous achievements of Big Life Foundation that have permitted wildlife to flourish in the areas under its watch #bigtusker#elephant#bushelephant#chyuluhills#biglifefoundation#safari#worthmorealive#saynotoivory#kenya#insidethewaterhole#africanimals#africanamazing#wildlifephotography#naturephotography#instaelephant#seeforyourself#biglifeafrica#africanwildlife