Yao is appealing to his upwardly-mobile Chinese countrymen to understand the impact of their appetite for decorative ivory craft—not just how it's decimating elephant populations, but how it stresses entire ecosystems, destroying both ecology and economy for countless Africans who have very little else.
If you abhor the slaughter of nearly 100 of these
noble creatures every day for the sake of folks’
pretty little trinkets, here’s what you can do.
- Check out Wild Aid (www.wildaid.org) to see what the only substantial organization coming at poaching by drying up the ivory market (and the outfit that enlisted Yao’s help in a massive P.R. campaign to that end) is doing.
- Support Wild Aid if you like what you see. Donate, volunteer, or at the very least let others know what they and Yao are doing.
that having ivory on their curio shelf
is no longer cool.
- Contact anyone you know who lives in or knows someone living in China, and ask them to help spread word to their countrymen, friends & family who may not realize what’s at stake, that having ivory on their curio shelf is no longer cool. Include a link to Wild Aid or to any news coverage of Yao Ming’s heartwarming campaign for elephants.
- Share your interest with your own family, friends and colleagues, and ask them to help stir up some buzz.
- Pray—for Yao and his challenging work; for organizations like Wild Aid fighting to protect elephants; for desperately poor Africans who feel they have no other option but to participate in the slaughter to find other employment—perhaps helping protect wildlife or in safari tourism; for buyers and traders of ivory to make a compelling emotional connection to the results of their actions.
- And pray for the elephants.
|PHOTO: Animal People News|