Elephants are magnificent animals that purr like cats, have extremely long eyelashes and form tight bonds with their families. These gentle giants are often targeted by heartless poachers for their ivory tusks. Elephants are so much more than their tusks.
Elephant populations have declined by 62% over the last decade, with 24,000 Elephants poached last year in Africa alone. We have a lot to learn from these majestic animals and it starts by ending the cruel trade on their tusks.
After a long battle to ban ivory, it has finally happened in Britain! A bill was passed and signed into law on December 21. Britain joins the U.S. and other countries in protecting the world’s elephant population by banning ivory.
With less demand for ivory, poachers will not target as many elephants. In addition, the bill has new penalties for those breaking the ban, including fines and possible jail time. For those doubting the ban as a way to protect elephants, a Chinese study proved that banning ivory resulted in elephant populations increasing.
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There are so many threats that elephants face, including habitat loss and poachers. Banning ivory worldwide would deter poachers and allow us to focus on preserving their habitats, so elephant populations can thrive once more.
Hopefully other countries will follow suit.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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