Many great ideas are already published (sources pls. find below). We have just put them together and complemented by some own ones:
1. Never buy, sell, or wear ivory! (nor any other wildlife products)
Only elephants should wear ivory. There should be no trade in it, anywhere. Just when the buying stops, the killing can too.
If you travel or live in a part of the world that sells ivory, please speak out and ask the shops not to sell ivory! They may argue that the damage has already been done, so make them aware that selling ivory fuels the current resurgence in ivory poaching. Educate them about the threat of extinction for African elephants within ten years time and that every trinket of ivory is another magnificent elephant lost and a family of elephants traumatized.
Speak out with sincerity and integrity. You are speaking for elephants which cannot speak for themselves.
2. Get educated and stay informed about the facts!
Read about elephants. Study elephants in their ‘keystone’ role in the environment and interrelationships with other animals and plants because all of nature is interconnected. Watch elephant videos and documentaries online. Communicate with others who are working to save elephants and learn from them. Understand what is happening in order to take better action and to have the credibility to influence others.
3. Educate the Chinese community in your area!
Chinese restaurants and shops are everywhere, certainly also in your area. Go there as an elephant ambassador, dare to speak to the owners and staff. Tell them politely about the increasing slaughtering of the elephants (and other wildlife), and that this is mainly caused by the growing Chinese desire for consuming wildlife products. Tell them 84 % of the Asians believe that ivory just drops off. They don’t realize that it is blood ivory, IOW that one has to kill an elephant to get the ivory. Tell them the world is seeing the Chinese as the main cause for the dramatic situation of the elephants. Tell them you/we are not willing to let the elephants and other wildlife become extinct. The people you will be talking to might not be ivory consumers themselves. However, they are still well connected to their families in Mainland China, which then can be educated by them.
4. Spread the word!
Add your own ideas to this list and share it.
Talk to your family and friends (not only on social media), blog, sign petitions, communicate with decision makers directly. Share video clips, photos or messages on elephant protection via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube or other social networks.
WildAid has launched in February 2016 the campaign #JoinTheHerd, a new social movement to make 2016 the year when more African elephants are born than killed. Join the campaign: https://www.yearoftheelephant.org/ http://www.wildaid.org/news/world-celebrities-%E2%80%98join-herd%E2%80%99-fight-africa%E2%80%99s-elephants
6. Identify with the elephant I!
Use a lovely elephant photo as your profile pic on any social media platform: Facebook, whatsapp, Twitter, Instagram etc. Change your status into a statement for elephants.
7. Identify with the elephant II!
Make “Save the Elephants” part of your signature. Okay, not on official papers, but e.g. when you sign credit card receipts, send emails, write letters etc.
8. Reach out to the media!
Write to the editors of newspapers, call into talk radio shows about the current poaching crisis and about captive elephants near by.
9. Get the school involved!
Are you in school, or your kids? Write a report, an essay or a poem about elephants, and share it when the teacher has seen it. Ask the teacher to make it a topic in the classroom. (Links with educational tool kits please find below)
10. Start a school club!
If you are in school, or your kids, initiate an elephant study group to share knowledge and ideas about the plight of elephants and what can be done to ensure their survival into the future.
11. Don’t attend circuses that exhibit elephants (or other animals)!
You can make life better for abused individuals by boycotting circuses with elephants, and by asking others to do the same. The nature of circuses creates an unbearable setting for animals in general and for elephants in particular.
12. Support efforts to improve the live of elephants in zoos!
The vast majority of captive elephants experience circumstances far below what they need to live a decent life.
13. Ensure your local zoo, wildlife park does not import elephants from the wild!
Because zoos don’t have the space to allow elephants the lifestyle they are adopted for, they neither reproduce nor survive well in captivity. It is a disturbing fact that the list of dead zoo elephants gets longer. The result is that the number of elephants in captivity in the United States and in Europe is declining. As a consequence the zoos try to buy more elephants from Africa and Asia.
14. Get involved with organizations that work to protect elephants in captivity!
There are plenty of elephants in zoos and circuses that need your help right now. You can sign petitions, send emails, participate in letter writing campaigns, make phone calls etc. You can have a tremendous impact on the life of an elephant in captivity from your home by getting involved.
15. Be an eco-tourist!
Visit elephants in countries where they live in the wild. Tourism is a major economic driver in Africa. It provides needed jobs, but also deters poachers and abuse, and gives you the opportunity to experience the beauty, intelligence, and emotional capacity of these magnificent giants.
Please choose eco-tourism operators, safaris and lodges that support local elephant conservation projects and treat elephants with respect and dignity. Indicate your desire to see wild elephants without infringing on their space. Participating in eco-tourism helps local communities understand and profit from the benefits of African elephants. That way tourism can enhance positive attitudes towards the presence of elephants.
16. Adopt an elephant orphan!
E.g. with the ‘David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust’ in Kenya https://www.sheldrickwildlifetrust.org/asp/fostering.asp.
It’s a great gift idea as well!
17. Don’t go on an elephant-back safari!
Be a compassionate and conscientious tourist in Africa and Asia.
Elephant-back safaris often rely on capturing elephants from the wild which involves the brutal abduction of a juvenile or calf from its family. Training elephants to do what its handlers want, means the use of a sharp bullhook and other instruments inflicting pain as well as long periods of chaining.
18. Don’t support organizations or operators that exploit or abuse elephants and other animals for entertainment and profit!
19. Support elephant conservation and anti-poaching!
Organisations (like ‘Elephants Alive’ www.elephantsalive.org or ‘SOS Elephants of Chad’ www.soselephants.org) and individuals who work on the ground to conserve and protect elephants urgently need support. Please check the internet for more information about the different projects.
20. Support organizations that are working for the survival of Asian elephants
Work in the tourism industry is a harsh and cruel existence for elephants. It is an unethical industry, yet a growing market.
(e.g. Save Elephant Foundation www.saveelephant.org
21. Support organizations that work to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife products!
22. Organise a fundraising event for elephants!
Some ideas: sponsored walk, bridge party, golf day, raffle, auction
23. Be aware of elephant habitat!
Do not buy coffee that is not fair-trade or shade-grown, nor products with palm-oil. These commercial crops are grown in plantations that have decimated elephants’ habitat. Only buy wood products that have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which promotes responsible management of the world’s forests - the natural habitat for elephants and other wildlife.
If you want to help the elephants on a spiritual level, here is a prayer by world-renowned animal communicator Anna Breytenbach www.animalspirit.org
, that you can say or hold the spirit of the prayer in your mind and heart:
“Blessed Oneness, that which I am and which we all are in our deepest Essence, please communicate to those gentle giants of the Earth, the elephants, that I stand in strength and solidarity with them. I offer this prayer from my heart for their healing and well-being. I pray that they may find support where they need it and compassion instead of abuse.
May the humans they come in contact with respect and honor who they are as sentient beings. May they be blessed with peace and a fear-free life and held in loving kindness. I offer great gratitude knowing this will be so. Thank you, Amen.”
25. Your own ideas?
Maybe you have some own ideas, which you would like to add to this list, and them share this list broadly and regularly...
Thank YOU so much!
For the LOVE of ElephantsSources:
www.elephantadvocacy.orgwww.worldelephantday.orgwww.juliettespeaks.orgEducational program:www.ifaw.org/united-states/our-work/education/elephants-never-forgetFacts for kids:www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/animals/elephant.html