We’re back in Thailand now after a challenging time working in Myanmar on several deeply saddening elephant situations. The trade of what some may call “elephant parts”, but we call “pieces of the bodies of sentient beings”, with every possible bit of these innocent animals being sold to the highest bidder. It is the most complex movement of illegal trade we’ve seen, and it was heartbreaking, eye opening, and never, ever, what it seemed.
From Myanmar, the main market for the the ivory, and the tail hair and elephant skin, is China. The market for elephant skin in China is huge. And this is, if it’s possible, more tragic than the ivory, as the murdering of entire elephant families and herds is done for skin. For the tusks, you need the big papas. For the skin, any age is a target…
CITES is slated to be held in Sri Lanka at the end of May 2019, and we’ll be there. It’s a bleak time for elephants, but more and more people around the world are fighting for the survival of the remaining wild ones, and for the humane treatment of those held captive. United we stand, in hopes that together, we can reverse the tragedy before it is too late as we fight for what’s right, for a kinder world for us all. We won’t give up, and we know you won’t either.
In December we launched our international Humane Tourism campaign #NotOnMyBucketList, empowering people around the world to participate on social media by helping tell, share, and change, the elephant story. Although trekking, circus shows, and temple parades happen year round, December through February is high-season for captive elephants used in the tourist industry throughout all of SE Asia, and is prime time to take action. Every person who participates helps spread the message far and wide that elephant cruelty disguised as entertainment needs to be taken off the Bucket List, enabling every traveler to help create a more humane world for the elephants no longer able to live in the wild.
The response to the campaign has been incredible, with wonderfully creative posts coming in from every corner of the globe. THANK YOU to everyone who has participated! If you haven’t joined in, please reach out your hand for the elephants and help spread the word and change the world! Taking action and speaking up to your friends, families and followers is not always easy to do, but we believe that compassionate action is the only way to move towards change. So thank you for taking a stand. You voices truly matter!It’s not too late to take part! It’s quick, it’s easy, and we need your Helping Hands!
WRITE #NotOnMyBucketList on your hand (or a paper hand) and take a picture.
Share your “hashtag hand” on social media, adding this message: “Elephant Cruelty is #NotOnMyBucketList! Join me in reaching out your hand in Compassion for Elephants!”
On Instagram? Share from there first, and if your account is public and you tag your location, we’ll be able to post your hand to our map. You can check out the map or learn more about #NotOnMyBucketList here: