Category: Call to Action

Call to Action: Donations for Human-Elephant Coexistence

Big Life Foundation LogoAfrican Wildlife Foundation Logo

Two weeks ago on ‘Giving Tuesday’ the Snow Leopard Trust and Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust had special fundraising campaigns where any donation to their organization will be matched by another donor, effectively doubling your gift. Through December 22nd the African Wildlife Foundation, which supports habitat and wildlife preservation, is holding a similar donation campaign to give your generous donations that much more impact. Any donations that help them reach their $1 million fundraising goal will be doubled! Another non-profit heavily focused on the protection of elephants and ending human-wildlife conflict is Big Life Foundation which seeks to raise $320,000 to cover their costs for 2017. All of these organizations, and many more on our list of conservation groups, are worth supporting this holiday season.

Don’t forget to use affiliate programs like Amazon Smile when shopping. Amazon.com will give a small percentage of every purchase to one of your choice of thousands of charities, year round.

Call to Action: Google Supports Earth Day 2015

Between April 22 (Earth Day) and April 30, 2015 the charity-focused arm of Google will be supporting wildlife conservation groups by matching donations up to $20,000 for each group. Depending on the country you are donating from some or all of your donation may be tax-deductible.

Click here to get started donating, or one of the links below: https://www.google.com/doodles/earth-day-2015


Jane Goodall Institute – Contributes greatly to great ape preservation, research, and education.

Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust – The Maasai Trust employs 250 people in a part of Kenya with tremendous wildlife diversity and heritage. The Trust funds education and supports a coexistence between the Maasai and the wildlife around them, as their ancestors lived for generations, while also improving the opportunities of the people in the community. The Fund also supports a local Predator Compensation Fund, which pays farmers for livestock lost to predators so that farmers do not lose money and do not feel the need to retaliate against nearby predators.

Virunga FundVirunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is the continent’s oldest national park and is the subject of the recent Netflix documentary called Virunga. Virunga is home to more species of mammals, reptiles, and birds than any other protected area. It is also surrounded by ongoing regional conflicts involving anti-government rebel forces, insurgent militias, foreign rebels, and remnants of those that perpetrated the Rwandan genocide. You can read about the history of the park here. A CITES program to monitor elephant poaching in Central Africa, with sites in Virunga, has identified the region as having consistently unsustainable levels of elephant poaching since 2007 (page 19).

World Wildlife Fund – Among the largest and most influential wildlife conservation organizations. WWF supports conservation legislation, projects, education, and scientific research and publications. They also help fund other organizations who rely on large donors to support expensive projects.

WildAid.org – Instrumental in creating anti-ivory, anti-horn, anti-shark fin awareness campaigns in China. Some of these advertisements have achieved very high visibility by feature icons such as Yao Ming and Li Bingbing. You can read their March, 2015 publication on Ivory Demand in China 2012-2014 (PDF) to get an idea as to the kind of work they do and the results that they’ve had. They also have a publication on Rhino Horn Demand in China 2012-2014 (PDF).

Zoological Society of London – Promotes local (UK) and international education, conservation, and research. The ZSL also relies on support to maintain the London Zoo (opened to the public in 1847) and Whipsnade Zoo (est. 1931).

Call to Action: US and EU Citizens Should Contact Their Representatives and Voice Their Opinion on Upcoming Ivory Ban Legislation

Since 2013 there have been a variety of measures taken to reduce the amount of illegally-acquired ivory and rhino horn entering the United States and to prohibit wildlife parts from protected species from being sold if they don’t have proper provenance. There is currently another round of legislation being introduced in a number of state legislatures that supports some of these restrictions. If you live in the European Union you can consider supporting a ban on ivory exports from the EU.

In some cases restrictions are very broad and you might have also heard about restrictions placed on the sale of ivory-inlayed instruments, firearms, and knives (handles). If you don’t want that kind of thing in your state’s legislation then please, by all means, make your voice heard. Hopefully everyone’s goal is to support sensible legislation that would penalize and deter smuggling, sales of poached ivory or rhino horn, and to show that the United States, once one of the largest ivory consumers in the world, does not need to import products from illegally killed wildlife to meet consumer demand.

Please consider contacting your state congress people and voicing your opinion on whether the legislation should be support or the changes you would like made. If you don’t know how to contact your state’s legislators you can use this link or see the list below.

If you live in a state that is considering legislation (Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington, D.C.) or not taking action (Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) please consider contacting your state lawmakers and suggest that they propose or support similar legislation that would reduce illegal ivory and rhino horn entering the United States.

U.S. Ivory Ban FAQ

Active Legislation

Arkansas

Legislation: SB928 (PDF) sponsored by David Johnson.

Status: SB928

Contact your Arkansas State Senators.


California

Legislation: AB 96 (PDF version) sponsored by Toni Atkins.

Contact your California State Assembly Members


Connecticut

Legislation: H.B. 6955 introduced by Environment Committee, co-sponsored by Rep. Philip J. Miller and Sen. Carlo Leone.

Status: H.B. 6955

Contact your Connecticut State Legislators: Representatives, Senators, or use the search


Florida

Legislation: SB 1120 sponsored by Thad Altman.

Status: SB 1120

Contact your Florida State Senators.


Illinois

Legislation: SB1858 sponsored by Senators Linda Holmes, Melinda Bush, Julie A. Morrison, and Ira I. Silverstein.

Status: SB1858

Contact your Illinois State Senators, Representatives, or use the search.


Massachusetts

Legislation: H1275 (House docket #1935) sponsored by Lori A. Ehrlich and Jason M. Lewis.

Status: H1275

Contact your Massachusetts State Representatives.


New York

Legislation: Bill S4686-2015 sponsored by State Senator Tony Avella.

Contact your New York State Senators


Nevada

Legislation: SB398 sponsored by Senators Denis, Manendo, Parks, and Kihuen.

Status: SB398

Contact your Nevada State Senators.


Oregon

Legislation: S.B. 913 sponsored by Judiciary.

Status: S.B. 913

Contact your Oregon State Senators.


Rhode Island

Legislation: sponsored by Handy, Palangio, Serpa, and Fogarty.

Contact your Rhode Island State Representatives.


Vermont

Legislation: H.297 (H-0297) sponsored by State Representatives Kurt Wright, Joan G. Lenes, et. al.

Contact your Vermont State Representatives.


Stalled Legislation

Hawaii

Legislation: SB674 introduced by Espero, Keith-Agaran, Kahele, Nishihara.

Status: SB674

Contact your Hawaii State Representatives.


Iowa

Legislation: SF 30 sponsored by McCoy.

Status: SF 30

Contact your Iowa State Senators.


Maryland

Legislation: H.B. 713 (PDF) sponsored by Luedtke, et. al.

Status: H.B. 713

Contact your Maryland State Representatives.


Oklahoma

Legislation: H.B. 1787 (PDF) introduced by Mike Shelton.

Status: H.B. 1787

Contact your Oklahoma State Representatives.


Virginia

Legislation: SB 1215 sponsored by Adam P. Ebbin, et. al.

Status: SB 1215

Contact your Virginia State Senators.


Washington State

Legislation: H.B. 1131/S.B. 5241 (PDF) sponsored by Reps. Pettigrew, Buys, and Fitzgibbon; and Senators Litzow, Fain, Rolfes, and Pedersen.

Status: H.B. 1131/S.B. 5241

Contact your Washington State Senators, Representatives, or find your legislators.