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It's been a couple of weeks, and it's time to give you a little update on the 'war on poaching' and the fight to ban Ivory trading around the world!

I can't tell you how much I appreciated all the feedback and comments on my last diary.  I can only wish that you try to keep this in mind and try to spread the word as best you can.  

If I had a million dollars I would initiate a North American education project for all school children that focused on wildlife awareness and protection, starting with E for extinction, and followed by E for elephants, and followed by all the beautiful and wonderful creatures that we have been so careless about in today's world. (to say nothing of our sad and shameful historical deeds.)  I understand that it is part of the natural order that species succumb to natural selection and thousands of species have become extinct since man has walked the earth, …the operative word here is "natural".

Elephants are losing the war, we can affect this if we act now.  The first thing we must do is to stay on top of the story and to know the facts. Then we can spread the word and invoke response and action in others.  That is what I hope I can do here.  The lack of awareness is crushing in the face of the facts before us.  

Yesterday in DC, Dec 16th, at the first meeting of the Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking - The people's voice was represented by a fierce, dedicated and disciplined group of warriors who called for an END TO THE IVORY TRADE IN THE USA - an unambiguous and outright BAN!

"The People's Voice calling for a complete end to the ivory trade was delivered today before the federal advisory council on wildlife trafficking. Thanks to all you attended and spoke on this historic day." - Jen Samuel

I am so proud to be associated with these fabulous women, and all the men and women who have this cause foremost in their hearts.

It continues to amaze me how most intelligent and socially conscious people when addressed with the fact that every 15 minutes another Elephant is killed for its tusks..for the vanity of the status of Ivory, and that their extinction is truly just around the corner, respond, "Really, I have trouble believing that could be true!!?"

If you care, and I pray that you do, please just be more aware of what is happening..it is so horrifically close to the extinction of this incredible animal…  and only awareness, compassion, and a serious dose of energy to back your concern will save these guys…  So please DO it!

I recall being a little girl in grammar school, and learning about what we had done to the Buffalo, and not understanding why the 'grown-ups' didn't stop this horrid crime…  don't let history repeat itself.  So, grown-ups, do your part.  I will raise $1,000,000 and teach the children.

So eager to hear what the feedback is on today's meeting, and I promise…more to come

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    ban nock, blue91, SuWho, Says Who

    'ite, omnia incendite et inflammte'

    by sherman54 on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 05:01:12 AM PST

  •  Are you aware that in some places they have had (2+ / 0-)
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    sherman54, SuWho

    successful results in an integrated adaptive management plan that includes all the species?
    http://www.sanparks.org/...

    Recently departed Nelson Mandela was instrumental in supporting such an approach.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 05:38:13 AM PST

  •  keep it up, the animals need our voice. n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    Says Who

    sometimes the dragon wins

    by kathy in ga on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 02:17:37 PM PST

  •  Thank you. Please post the Council's response. (0+ / 0-)

    The thought of elephants being murdered so people can wear ivory bling is inhumane. What else can the Council say or do than enforce the ivory ban and punish offenders? How about educating the end users, the buyers of ivory who must be ignorant of the price paid by the elephants.

    skipping over damaged area

    by Says Who on Thu Dec 19, 2013 at 11:38:26 PM PST

    •  The answers... (0+ / 0-)

      are numerous.  Education and raising awareness are key at so many levels. From local schools and legislators at every level in the community'!  The media has been M.I.A. on this topic for way too long.  I  am disillusioned by just how many people do not even know a problem this big even exists. Even more upsetting is the lack of concern, even in the face of all the facts.  Yes,  I will let you know whenever there is any additional information on the Council's actions going forward.  And any other information on the whole subject.

      Thanks for your concern.

      'ite, omnia incendite et inflammte'

      by sherman54 on Sat Dec 21, 2013 at 04:51:18 AM PST

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