Today is World Elephant Day. Be herd.

Be Herd, Join the Stampede, Wildlife Conservation Society, elephant ban, ban illegal ivory sales, end elephant poaching, World Elephant Day

This World Elephant Day, 12 august, we in the US have something to celebrate. President Obama has recently introduced a proposal to help close US markets to illegal ivory sales and save these magnificent creatures from poaching and senseless killing.

When enacted, this ban “will close loopholes that have allowed smugglers to disguise ivory from recently killed elephants and sell them as antiques in the US.” The proposal will send a clear message of our commitment to end the slaughter.

The president’s proposal isn’t law yet though. And that’s where we come in. The administration is collecting public comments for 60 days and we need everyone to be vocal.

Be Herd, Join the Stampede, Wildlife Conservation Society, elephant ban, ban illegal ivory sales, end elephant poaching, World Elephant Day

96 elephants

“With 96 elephants being killed by poachers every single day for their ivory, it is critical that our government acts quickly and decisively to end the sale of illegal ivory…”

#BeHerd

Make your voice heard in support of the ban. Send a message that we in the US are serious about shutting down the ivory trade.

#JoinTheSTAMPede

The Wildlife Conservation Society is asking elephant supporters everywhere to shoot their own six-second videos of feet stamping to symbolize “Joining the Stampede” and post them on Instagram or other social media with the hashtags #BeHerd and #JoinTheSTAMPede.

Take a stand for elephants

Gather your herd and send comments today. Then take a look at a group of artists who celebrate elephants and have made them the focus of some of their work.

Photos: © 2011 Janet Giampietro / Swaziland, Africa

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