New York, N.Y. The world is facing a crisis with one of its most precious, charismatic and beloved resources. Elephants are being slaughtered and driven to extinction. The brutality of the killings and the numbers are staggering.
Almost 39 tons of illegal ivory was seized in 2011 (thought to be only 10% of what was actually taken), with a worth of up to $1,000 a pound on the streets of China. It is estimated that one elephant is killed every 15 minutes to insure a continuous supply of ivory for the trinkets and carvings so prized by Asian and U.S. consumers.
Elephants are a legacy of today’s world for the future. These large-brained, magnificent animals lead socially, behaviorally and cognitively complex lives about which we have so much more to learn and appreciate. It is critically important that the global community do all that it can to protect them.
On October 4th, Thinking Animals will join others around the world in an effort to stop these horrendous crimes. Our panel discussion, Speaking Up For Elephants will cover what makes these animals so extraordinary and what is be being done world-wide by the international community to save them.
William Clark. Coordinator for INTERPOL’s Project WISDOM, which supports the law enforcement capacity for the conservation of elephants and rhinoceros; Dr. Clark is the primary author of the 1989 CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) proposal to list all elephants in Appendix I.
James C. Deutsch. Dr. Deutsch directs the Africa Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society, with over 1,300 field staff helping save the continent’s iconic wildlife and wild places through eighteen landscape programs in eleven countries in East and Central Africa and Madagascar.
Iain Douglas-Hamilton. One of the world’s foremost authorities on the social behavior of the African elephant. Dr. Douglas-Hamilton serves on the data review task force of the African Elephant Specialist Group of IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature.) In 2012 he addressed the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Ivory and Insecurity: The Global Implications of Poaching in Africa.
Patrick Omondi. Deputy Director of the Kenyan Wildlife Service; Dr. Omondi is the Kenyan representative to CITES. It is generally acknowledged that Kenya runs one of the most effective anti-poaching efforts in Africa.
Speaking Up For Elephants
Hunter College | 68th & Lexington Ave. | New York, NY 10065
Friday, October 4, 2013 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Followed by a Private Reception | $20 for the Private Reception
Tickets are $25 for General Admission; $15 for Student Admission; $30 at the door
Tickets Can Be Purchased here.
See Pinterst Album on Elephants curated by Jim Luce here.