Petition Tag - elephants

1. TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR POACHERS OF ELEPHANTS - NAME AND SHAME THEM

IT IS WITHIN OUR POWER TO HELP END THE ILLEGAL POACHING OF ELEPHANTS IN AFRICA AND ASIA.

TOGETHER, LET'S MAKE IT OUR MISSION!

Despite the tougher penalties under the 2013 Wildlife Act, just 6% of wildlife criminals convicted during 2014-15 received a prison sentence, according to the respected Kenyan non-governmental organisation, WildlifeDirect. “To date no high-level trafficker has been convicted and sentenced by Kenyan courts,” it said in a report looking at more than 500 court cases in 2014 and 2015.

Some of the poachers have connections to militias, terrorism and crime syndicates, and they exploit regions that may suffer from political or economic instability. Interpol estimates the value of wildlife crime worldwide to be worth $8bn - $23bn (£6.2bn - £18bn), making it the fourth most lucrative criminal enterprise after illegal drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting. Poaching is a global criminal issue.

ACT NOW PLEASE, BEFORE ELEPHANTS DISAPPEAR FOR EVER.

2. Fight for the Rights of South Africa's Wild Elephants

The world wide web is circulating information as stated below regarding your intentions:

“It has come to our attention that at a recent stakeholder meeting called by the Department of Environmental Affairs to discuss proposed amendments to the Elephant Norms and Standards, it became apparent that the Department appears to be intending to remove all welfare-based provisions relating to elephants.

The Department is essentially proposing that instead of addressing its shortcomings in enforcement and implementation, it will simply remove the pieces of the law that are being broken. No other concrete motivations have been provided.”

"The proposed alterations to the Norms and Standards could allow the removal of elephants from the wild for captivity, and allow elephants to be exported and imported out of and into our country, opening up an easy route to launder and trade with these animals. There is extensive cruelty involved with the training methods used to dominate and break elephants for elephant-back riding, and this cannot be allowed or supported."

3. PETA India – Provide Video Of Sunder’s Present Condition And His Release

Hundreds of people world wide advocated for Sunder’s release for years, thus when The Bombay High Court, on April 7, 2014, declared that PCCF must comply with the order to move the abused elephant, Sunder, from Warananagar to Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Bangalore (WRRC), there was rejoicing all round.

Before the High Court orders there were regular updates and photos of Sunder’s condition however since April 7th there have been no updates. Through email contact with PETA the only update of Sunder’s condition is that there is no guarantee that he is not in danger. Email contact asking PETA for photos of his present condition have been met with avoiding the issue. Unfortunately the High Court did not put in place orders to protect Sunder and he may still be with the same handler. We know that nobody has gone to check up on him and we are very concerned as to whether he is even still alive.

Seeing videos on the internet of Sunder being cruelly and sadistically beaten for years has been heartbreaking for hundreds of people if not thousands. Seeing, now, Sunder’s release posted on the internet is what people are expecting.

If PETA INDIA can video tape the cruelty that Sunder has suffered then PETA INDIA can surely video tape his transportation and release, followed by videos of how Sunder is living in his new environment. That is the least PETA INDIA can do for Sunder’s advocates who donated money and worked hard sending emails and tweeting in the hope that their work would make a difference.

4. Stop elephant poaching in Kenya

Kenya is at the verge of losing its wildlife, through illegal poaching.

Government officials are not doing enough. The animal tusks are used as ivoty for making ornaments mostly in China. We want to curb this through securing the parks which the government cant manage.

5. Say NO to Ivory Trade and the killing of Elephants and Rhinocerousses in Africa & Asia

The governments of some African & some Asian countries like China condone the use of Ivory as an healing item & allow trading which is cruel to the elephants & Rhinoceroses which are killed for their meat & ivory!

6. Ban the Use of Elephants in the American Circus

Behind the scenes of the circus, elephants are being abused physically and psychologically. Bull hooks, long rods with steel hooks at the end, are used to stab the elephants as a common form of discipline.

The elephants are beaten all over their body and are chained up to hard surfaces when they're not being trained. The elephants also spend the majority of the year enclosed in small boxcars traveling across America, eating and defacating in the same area. Undercover investigations have been done by the ASPCA, PETA, and the USDA, and have documented evidence of this abuse. For example, in 2009 PETA went undercover to reveal that the elephants were being beaten with bull hooks. Also, in 1997 the USDA openly investigated the Ringling Bros. Circus and documented evidence of elephant abuse.

A former employee also placed a complaint against the abuse preformed by the training staff. Still, the USDA closed the case because there was insufficient evidence. The Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act are not being enforced because of the broad discretion of enforcement carried out by the USDA. Since the government acts don't include a citizen suit provision, a private citizen can't sue the USDA for not enforcing the acts.

For this reason it is important to send this petition to a House Representative of Arizona, so the elephant abuse in the circus can be acknowledged and stopped.

7. Stop Thailand Elephant Abuse

I have witnessed cruelty towards elephants in Asia before. Now, I came across a photograph of a baby elephant being tied up to a tree and beaten by two men with sticks.

This is a method to break the animal's spirit and body and prepare it to be used for tourism purposes in Thailand.

8. Ban Shrine Circus from Indianapolis

Circuses with animal acts are hiding a lot from us.

Many, if not all, of their animals are abused and neglected. Circus elephants are particularly affected. Elephant trainers commonly use sharp bullhooks and electric prods to beat their animals into submission. Elephants also spend 96% of their day chained up with barely enough room to move around. In the past 7 years, circus elephants have kill 18 people and injured 126. This is a result of the violent beatings that they receive day in and day out whether they perform the right "trick" or not.

57 out of the Ringling Circus' elephants were wild caught. Out of these, most of the animals were very young when they were captured. They were forced to grow up without the support and guidance of their caring mothers and aunts.

Circuses commonly withhold food, water, and socialization in an effort to "control" the animals' behavior. Big cats, primates, and all other animals face similar abuse as circus elephants.

Many circuses have been known to hire pedophiles, drug users, and convicted criminals to interact with both the audience and the animals. These people are not only sick and twisted, but they also have virtually no knowledge of the animals that they are dealing with.

Shrine's Circus, which is soon to be coming to Indianapolis, Indiana, includes dogs, horses, elephants, and big cats, as well as other animals. Shrine evades government policies and regulations regarding the treatment of its animals by not legally owning the animals. Therefore, it is technically not responsible for the animals' plight. Their animal acts vary from temple to temple.

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9. Remove elephants from the streets of Thai cities!

Help to stop the abuse of begging where lots of elephants in the cities of Thailand are involved. Elephants that are ripped away from their social environment, elephants of all ages who are roaming around in heavily polluted, overcrowded and noisy cities for, I estimate, at least 10 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Bad food, sometimes food-poisoning, drugs, wounds, no proper bathing, drinking from posh fountains in front of shopping malls or hotels and being “cared” for and eating at hide-aways on rubbish-belts. And don’t forget that the name “elephant” appears at lists mentioning the top ten of the most deadly animals!

See some photos concerning this abuse:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/toni_uni/sets/72157603251277034/

10. Stop circus animal abuse toward elephants

Jordan once forced a tiger to perform while sick and waited a month to cure a tiger's fractured leg. He has a past of agressive behavior towards elephants and he gives dirty drinking water to elephants and does not give any veterinarian care towards the animals.

11. Release Maggie, the elephant, from Alaskan solitude

Maggie, an African elephant has resided at the Alaskan Zoo since 1983. The Alaskan Zoo has clearly stated that they will continue to keep the 24 year old lone elephant even with continual local pressure to retire Maggie to a proper sanctuary.

The harsh, bitter Alaskan climate keeps Maggie indoors on a concrete floor with little space for adequate movement. Maggie is neglected in her very important need of companionship of other elephants.

The Alaskan Zoo has proposed that they will build a one of a kind 100,000 dollar elephant treadmill to maintain exercise. Maggie would have to be trained on this device and it is unknown if she would accept this form of exercise.

This is not proper care of an elephant and is not the proper climate that an elephant is native too.

Elephants are social creatures that need other elephant companionship and the mental stimulation of roaming miles of open acreage a sanctuary would provide.

12. Save the Elephants

Feb 9, 2005

In the petion we would like to get elephants out of the zoo and into a sanctuary. An elephant sanctuary is like thier natural enviroment but not because people have to feed them, take care of them, ect.

They can not be let back into the wild because the have been in captivity for most of there lives and would not survive.

IF WE DON'T SAVE THEM WHO WILL?

13. Save Zambia's Elephants

The ivory trade has pushed elephants steadily toward extinction. In the 1980s, 2,000 elephants were being killed every week across Africa. Only a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ban on the international trade in ivory could stop the bloodshed. And yet there is constant pressure on CITES to reopen the international ivory trade.

CITES agreed to a partial lifting of the ban, but this did nothing to curb poaching, to provide adequate funding for enforcement of wildlife protection laws, or to uplift local communities. Still elephants across Africa and Asia continue to be slaughtered and ivory traded in huge quantities. Today there are only an estimated 519,461 wild elephants in Africa and approximately 30,000 wild elephants in Asia.

At the height of the international ivory trade in the 1970s and 1980s, Zambia's elephant population dwindled from 200,000 to fewer than 20,000, according to Zambia's Deputy Tourism Minister. This trend was reversed only when the international ivory ban was agreed. Any relaxation in protection for Zambia?s elephants could wipe out the remaining elephants in a very short space of time.

Zambia's elephants can earn far more for their country alive than dead. In 1989 Kenya's elephants were estimated to be worth US$25 million in tourism each year. Zambia should not allow itself to be lured by the prospect of the quick money to be gained by allowing elephants to be killed for their ivory when there is a long-term profit in keeping elephants alive.

14. Ban Animal Entertainment in Circuses in the USA

The animals used in the circus travel many miles every year without the proper care and abuse. Elephants are chained up and forced to stand in their own waste. They are caged in the heat without water. Elephants are trained with abusive methods, they are mentally broken down with brutal beatings some days at a time, they are beaten with clubs and shocked with electric prods, stabbed with sharp hooks and whipped. Baby elephants are taken from their mothers at one year of age and are stripped of their wildlife social bonds. Elephants in the wild live up to 70 years old. They live in herds and have large extended families. They take baths and find shade in hot weather. Large cats are also stripped of their wildlife traits. They can't hunt for food, sleep in the sun, and roam for miles each day. Lets put a stop to this abuse and stop using animals as entertainment in the circus.

15. Save OUR Elephants

The Plight of Our Sri Lankan Elephant.

He looked at me with his beautiful long-lashed eyes. It was a deep, penetrating stare, reaching to the depths of my soul. Could this be it?... Suddenly, there is a loud crack. He turns, bewildered by the noise. There's another crack and he runs into the thick scrub. Two days later, I find him again... DEAD.

Friends,
Our Sri Lankan elephant is an integral part of our country and the world at large. It is a unique species, playing an important part in religion, history, ecology and culture. Could you imagine a Sri Lanka without elephants? Sadly, we are hastening towards such a dismal end. Please add your name to this petition to save our elephant. Copies will be sent to appropriate government departments and other wildlife organizations, both domestic and international. Please add your name. The success of this endeavor is based on our belief that: YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Thank you.

16. Save Sri Lankan Elephant

Friends,

Our Sri Lankan elephant is an integral part of our rich history. It is a unique species, playing an important part in religion and culture. Could you imagine a Sri Lanka without elephants? Sadly we are hastening towards a dismal end.

Please add your name to this petition to save our elephant. Copies will be sent to appropriate government departments and other wildlife organizations. Please add your name. The success of this endeavour is based on my belief that: YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!