Urgent! Signatures Needed To Stop Zimbabwe From Exporting Wild Baby Elephants To China

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Baby elephants in Zimbabwe are currently being captured and shipped to China where they will likely spend the rest of their lives in captivity.

Upon their arrival, the poor animals will be sold to zoos, forced to participate in circuses, and used as tools of a sick industry that treats animals as mere objects for entertainment.

Footage from the horrific recent capture of five of the young elephants in Hwange National Park by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority was released yesterday by The Guardian.

In one clip, according to the media outlet, a young female “still groggy from the sedative, is unable to understand that the officials want her to back into the truck, so they smack her on her body, twist her trunk, pull her by her tail and repeatedly kick her in the head with their boots.”

While the export of wild elephants from Zimbabwe is legal, it is morally reprehensible and devastating.

 

Elephants are highly intelligent, sensitive creatures that share lifelong family bonds. Mothers and infants who have been separated as a result of human interference recognize one another many years later and show signs of love and affection. Elephants enjoy bathing in rivers, foraging for food, and rolling in the mud; needs that cannot be met in captivity.

It is an outrageously cruel act to rip families of elephants apart and force them into an unnatural existence.

This barbaric treatment of elephants is reprehensible and unacceptable.

A Care2 petition currently circulating urges Zimbabwe’s environment minister, Oppah Muchinguri, and ZimParks to stop exporting their elephants and take measures to join the African Elephant Coalition, an alliance of 29 countries that have proposed a ban on the export of African elephants outside their natural habitats.

This petition also requests that Chinese officials address and end the nation’s demand for wild elephants.

Please sign this crucial petition HERE! 

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