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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 SD 648 and HD 1935- An Act to Prevent Trafficking in Ivory and Rhino Horns.

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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 SD 648 and HD 1935 - 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 and New Jersey have passed state laws to ban ivory sales. California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Iowa, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia and Washington State are all working to enact similar legislation.

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

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Just for Kids

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!

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