As the United States is the second-largest retail market for ivory, our fave pop princess Ariana Grande is taking a stand, saying enough is enough! As we have seen in the past, Ariana is quite the animal lover. From her doggy tweets, to her recent switch to becoming vegan, she is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s youngest animal activists!
Ariana took to the Twitterverse to educate her young fans on the ongoing elephant slaughter. She Tweeted,”Over 30k elephants were slaughtered last year. Please help change the fate of wild elephants: https://support.worldwildlife.org/site/Advocacy?”
Ariana is just one of many people who are discussing elephant poaching and the ivory trade this week. Yesterday, the government pulverized six tons of contraband ivory that it had been collecting for over 25 years, in an attempt to tell poachers, illegal traffickers and collectors that “[ivory] has no value unless it is attached to an elephant.”
Several people are arguing that instead of sending a message to traffickers and poachers to stop what they are doing, the U.S. government is actually making the remaining ivory (and thus, the remaining elephants), even more valuable, and that this could lead to more slaughter.
One thing is for sure, there are a lot of baby elephants who are left behind. There are so many young orphans who are in dire needs of homes and foster situations. I reached out to The Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, and they told me, “Getting the word out is key. Too few people are aware of the ivory trade and extent of elephant poaching.”
A few things we can do to begin to help this cause would be to never buy ivory, spread the word and support fab organizations like the one above! So, take a few seconds and take action below! #WeLoveYou
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