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Join the Herd: End Elephant Poaching

Take action to help ban the sale of ivory in Massachusetts. Contact your local representative in support of Senate Bill 440 and House Bill 1275- An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns.

Read more about the coalition of leading animal welfare organizations that have joined together to encourage the passage of this legislation.

NEW: "Overwhelming Majority of Massachusetts Voters Favor Ban on Ivory and Rhino Horn Ban"
According to the Humane Society's survey, conducted October 15 through October 17 with 1,022 Massachusetts voters, 87 percent favor legislation that would prohibit the sale of ivory and rhino horns. Read more


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The Crisis

  • Elephant and rhino poaching is a brutal and bloody practice – animals are chased with helicopters and shot down with military-grade weapons, and tusks and horns are cut off faces of sometimes still-living animals. Wildlife trafficking is an escalating global crisis fueled in part by the U.S. ivory market – one of the largest globally.
  • Approximately 96 elephants are slaughtered for their tusks daily—that’s one every 15 minutes. African forest elephants face extinction in the next 20 years.
  • A rhino is killed for its horns every nine hours in South Africa. All five rhino species are now endangered with some species on the brink of extinction.
  • Illegal ivory trade activity worldwide has more than doubled since 2007 and tripled since 1998, and Massachusetts plays a role in this market.

You Can Help

We can prevent the extinction of African elephants and rhinos if we act now. Support the ban on the sale of ivory in Massachusetts by supporting Senate Bill 440 and House Bill 1275- An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns.

This legislation does not criminalize possession or inheritance/noncommercial gifts of ivory. It prohibits the sale of ivory in Massachusetts.

New York, New Jersey and California have passed state laws to ban ivory sales. Illinois, Vermont and Delaware have all filed like legislation. Washington State is working on a voter ballot initiative.

Together, we can stop the sale of elephant ivory and rhino horn and ensure the survival of these majestic species.

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Video: 96 Elephants- A Killing at the Bai

Please note, video includes graphic content.

Learn more at 96elephants.org.

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Just for Kids

"Not enough people know or realize what is happening to elephants...that's why I'm here."

Meet Anna, a wildlife supporter and member of Stone Zoo's Guest Services team. Hear from this dedicated teen about the elephant crisis and learn how you can join in her fight to save elephants from extinction.

There's an elephant in the room!

Download and print your own elephant mask. You'll need the following tools for this project:

  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Tape or Glue
  • String
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Turn your handprint into your very own elephant!
Here's what you'll need:

  • Scissors
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Tape or Glue
  • White Paper
  • Background Paper
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Take the Pledge

Download our coloring sheet and take the pledge to save elephants and rhinos.

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Be sure to check out our Kids' Corner for more arts, crafts and animal facts!

 96Elephants Coloringsheet (1)