Monday, 16 February 2015

They Belong in the Wild



These elephant children of Zimbabwe’s wild, a stolen generation of young.
They were walking paths their ancestors have walked for thousands of millennium and in pain and fear the children ripped from their own universe into Earth's-hell. What men do for money, every time, no thought to anyone but themselves. The boss men in their flashy suits and million dollar mansions. Happy with their fat pay-checks and off-shore bank accounts. Lie, bald-faced, to the world that they need to ‘raise funds’ or to ‘control population’ to rationalize the kidnap and forced enslavement of the elephant children of their own nation.
Near a hundred tiny lives, delicate, emotional beings who, much like us humans as kids are at the centre of their mother’s lives, the absolute epicenter of their mother’s care. Ripped from the bosom of their families and sold by heartless men with dollar signs in their eyes, to other heartless men with cash-registers for hearts.

Let’s look forward a hundred years or so. No wild elephants left – not one.
All gone for carving ivory replicas of the elephants they once were, or of gods and goddesses and plants and trees, soon all that will be left is these.
The last of the captives too, died in zoos of herpes and arthritis. 
Enforced impregnation and failure after failure then some tiny love is born and lives, like Mum staring at concrete walls.

But, of these youngsters now in corral....


We know what their lives will be, we have seen it for the past 50 years. 
Once a proud son of Zimbabwe soil, swayed on the spot until death. 
Once a hopeful daughter of Zimbabwe’s earth, bobbed her head in sad travail for 15 years and died in madness 50 years before she should have died at the side of a well trod ancient path between waterholes in her beloved bush.
A daughter proud, enforced to perform, goes mad with the pain and fear and crushes her tormentor and is shot in a hail of bullets in a suburban street.

All of this is totally preventable cruelty. Supposedly overseen by rules and documents under International ‘Agreement’ the Peak Body that trades in death and blood and horror and calls itself a ‘Convention”. The members know these lives do not matter – these lives are just things to trade. To buy to sell. No thought to the being whose life is forfeit forever. A facsimile of herself.

You don’t see an elephant in a zoo you see a travesty, a tragedy, a terrible indictment on how lost and careless humanity has become.

And in Chinese Zoos, they often have shows and circuses too… 


Where these young sons and daughters of Zimbabwe will be forced with pain and fear ....
…. to roller skate, 

hahahaha! Look at the elephant
…. 
to headstand, 

hahahaha! Look at the elephant
….. 
to paint, 

hahahaha! Look at the elephant
….. 
to dance, 

hahahaha! Look at the elephant
…. 
to give rides, 

hahahaha! Look at the elephant
…. 
to ride bicycles, 

hahahaha! Look at the elephant....


While the Chinese punters, laugh and squeal…. 

hahahaah! Look at the elephant...

And another generation of young people learn

That enslavement is good and abuse is the way to achieve compliance.

The Elephant’s tragic lives enforced, not real.

These punters see no pain, they see no relationship.

They have no idea where these babies came from

And do not care, even if they thought to ask.

As long as they are entertained for a few minutes in a day.

Zimbabwe’s elephant sons and daughters made laughing stock for Chinese zoo visitors.

How can you Sir?

The one at the top who oversees, whose own name is betrayed by the selling of these children…

How can you not see and feel the truth of the wrongness of this and stop?

These babies, they are children, Sir. 

Just toddlers, just little elephant kids – 

They need their Mum’s and Aunts and Sisters.

Change your mind, be the saviour, 
change your heart, 
be the saviour. You are so named.

It is not too late to start seeing and accepting that – these elephants are not yours to sell, they belong to THEMSELVES first, to each other, then to Zimbabwe’s land, they belong to all of Africa, they belong to the world.

They belong in the wild.

J.Price. 16 February 2015.

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Image attribution: China Zoo Watch. The sole survivor of the 4 sent to China in 2012, languishes alone at Tiauyan Zoo. Their fate awaits.



Friday, 12 December 2014

ZIMBABWE SELLS ELEPHANT CALVES TO ZOOS AGAIN 2014/2015








‪#‎ZimbabweElephants‬ | CALL TO ACTION!
URGENT: 36 baby elephants have been brutally captured, prematurely taken from their mothers. The babies are currently awaiting shipment to the UAE, possibly China. One of the 34 baby elephants had already died, the meat from his body eaten by his captors.
We need your HELP & VOICES to protect these babies and to stop this shipment of wildlife cargo!
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TAKE ACTION






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Tell China to stop the baby elephant trade!
Humane Society Email Action | 14 February 2014



Sends an email to the Chinese President Xi Jingping
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New 10th February 2015
From Global March for Elephants and Rhinos

EASY URGENT ACTION: PLEASE give 2 minutes of your time to take the following ‪#‎action‬ on behalf of ★ Zimbabwe's kidnapped baby ‪#‎elephants‬ ★ scheduled to go to UAE and/or China. Here: http://bit.ly/1DDMG8T

Sign and send a letter (automated & easy), and follow a second link to do the same. Please •S•H•A•R•E! http://bit.ly/1DDMG8T and please take at least ONE of these actions. It may mean the world to these poor babies.

(1) Please sign and send the letter: http://bit.ly/1DDMG8T

AND

(2) The UAE embassy in the USA does not have an email address. So, after you've done the first step, please (also) copy the same letter or compose one of your own, and then visit http://www.uae-embassy.org/embassy/contact-us/contact and choose the "political" section as category. Then paste the letter of your choice into the message section and send. Your subject should be: (Zimbabwe's wild elephants must remain wild. Stop exporting wild creatures for entertainment!)

PLEASE at least take ONE of these actions, it will take x2 minutes of your time and *could* mean the world to these poor babies. The automated letter is being sent to UAE and Chinese embassies worldwide as well as to the CITES (Management Authority) representatives of those countries.

Sign and send a letter (automated & easy), and follow a second link to do the same. Please •S•H•A•R•E! http://bit.ly/1DDMG8T


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December 25: PETA Action
Save Baby Elephants Stolen From Their Families
https://secure.peta.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=5803 


Please contact the Zimbabwe Minister of the Environment, Saviour Kasukuwere, and ask that he release these majestic endangered animals at once.
☆ TWEET Zim Minister: @Hon_Kasukuwere
☆ FACEBOOK Zim Minister: https://www.facebook.com/kasukuwere
☆ PETITIONS - SIGN, TWEET & SHARE:
1] http://bit.ly/1s5YQVf
2] http://bit.ly/1B9b5mo
3] http://bit.ly/1yejWB1
4] http://bit.ly/12Sxdmd

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NEWS ROUND UP








‪#‎ZimbabweElephants‬ | CALL TO ACTION!
URGENT: 36 baby elephants have been brutally captured, prematurely taken from their mothers. The babies are currently awaiting shipment to the UAE, possibly China. One of the 34 baby elephants had already died, the meat from his body eaten by his captors.
We need your HELP & VOICES to protect these babies and to stop this shipment of wildlife cargo!
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TAKE ACTION

NEW December 25: PETA Action
Save Baby Elephants Stolen From Their Families


Please contact the Zimbabwe Minister of the Environment, Saviour Kasukuwere, and ask that he release these majestic endangered animals at once.
☆ TWEET Zim Minister: @Hon_Kasukuwere
☆ FACEBOOK Zim Minister: https://www.facebook.com/kasukuwere
☆ PETITIONS - SIGN, TWEET & SHARE:

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NEWS ROUND UP

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Are China’s zoos ‘acceptable’ places for Zimbabwe’s wild baby elephants? 

Image: IFAW. Chinese characters say 'Do it Again"

IFAW's Grace Gabriel says not.
"According to an independent report (linked) by Chinese university students who observed 21 zoos across China in 2011, wild animals are solely money-making tools for zoos and safari parks.
When they are alive, animals are beaten, prodded, deprived of sleep and starved to perform all kinds of unnatural behaviors. Elephants are made to walk in high wire acts. Tigers are made to jump through rings of fire. Predators and prey are frequently put on the same float for a tragically named, “Grand Parade.”
To maximize profit, it has been reported many animals are forced to “work” for hours on end. And animals that do not work must earn their keep by “begging” tourists to buy food to feed them.
When zoo animals die, their meat and body parts are often conveniently served in the restaurants on the premise of these zoos and safari parks."
IFAW | 23 February 2015
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Zim elephant sales to go ahead
"President Robert Mugabe's government said on Monday it is going ahead with controversial plans to export live elephants despite resistance from animal rights groups, the state ZBC broadcaster reported.

“We are going ahead with selling the elephants, we have done our studies and we are going to do every transaction under the (global wildlife trade treaty) CITES parameters,” Prince Mupazviriho, who is the permanent secretary in the environment, water and climate ministry, told ZBC."

Comment on 'Zim elephant sales to go ahead':
The situation could not be more dire for each of those individual calves. They are not 'trades goods" they are small, dependant beings who have been ripped from the strength, comfort and guidance of their families to be sent to live in hell for the rest of their lives. We know 20-30 years after Zimbabwe sold off the tiny survivors of mass killings (euphemistically called culls) that the individual elephants live a travesty of a life in zoos, they are invariably alone, they have psychological and physiological injuries. Read *"Glamour Beasts" - an in-depth report as to the state of elephants in USA zoos. They die young - around 30-40. This decision is morally reprehenisble (if legal). No science, no duty of care, no understanding of the needs of these social, familial long lived animals. You are consigning these calves to life long deprivation. What is happening here is wrong. From every angle it is wrong. I would say "SHAME ZIMBABWE" but the Ministers appear to have no shame..
*Glamour Beasts - The Seattle Times December 2012
http://seattletimes.com/elephants/
~ For Elephants.
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Zimbabwe Planning to Boost Its Sales of Baby Elephants, Sources Say
Forcibly separating baby elephants from their mothers is cruel and heartbreaking, according to experts.
More than 80 young elephants are being held in a capture facility in Hwange National Park, in Zimbabwe, according to sources monitoring the situation there. 

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2015/02/150206-elephant-conservation-zimbabwe-culling-animals/
National Geographic | 6 February 2015

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The Christina Russo article on NatGeo is important information of what CITES can and cannot do as the Peak Body overseeing the TRADE of wild animals. Bottom line, they are a trade organisation and have no deputation to change arranged imports/exports as this is the responsibility of Member Parties. Note: There are no welfare rules in regards trade of individual animals except a paltry mention on the conditions of 'transport'. (JP)

Why It's So Hard to Stop Zimbabwe's Export of Baby Elephants
The export of dozens of elephants is legal under the global treaty that governs the endangered species trade.

National Geographic | 23 January 2015

 "So Zimbabwe isn't violating the CITES treaty—but is it ethically defensible to trade in baby elephants?

(John Scanlon Secretary General of CITES replies) I obviously have my own views of these things, but I'll express them when I've left the job. My job is to honor the convention and do my best to make sure that parties do what they all agreed to do.

I need to park my personal ethical opinion in the corner. Parties expect me to administer their rules fairly and honestly and not insert my own viewpoint into that. Whatever my personal view on whether I think this is a good trade or not, these are rules under the convention.

You can put a lot of energy into me and send me emails and Tweets, and I respect a thorough debate, but it doesn't change my legal authority. I don't have a legal authority to intervene.

They wouldn't welcome my opinion. They want me to be the secretary general and administer the convention."
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Outrage as Zimbabwe to sell 62 baby elephants, and American hunter pays $350,000 to kill Namibian black rhino
http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-01-17-double-blow-for-conservationists-as-zimbabwe-to-sell-baby-elephants-hunter-to-kill-black-rhino-in-zambia
Mail and Guardian 24 | 18 January 2015
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Zimbabwe Slapped with Sanctions Over Elephant Kidnapping
Zim Eye | 17 January 2015

"More than 30 Travel Agents have slapped on Zimbabwe travel sanctions through their businesses protesting over government’s kidnapping of baby elephants to go on sale in the European Union and China."
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27 baby elephants to be exported to China

www.news24.com/Green/News/27-baby-elephants-to-be-exported-to-China-20141223

News 24 | 24 December 2014

"There are 27 baby elephants there. One has died since capture," said Mel Hood of the independent Veterinarians for Animal Welfare (VAWZ). They are all destined for China, these 27. Nobody seems to know when they're going but apparently they will be flown out directly from Victoria Falls," she told Sapa." 
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Elephants for Sale in Zimbabwe, Where Parks Are Starved for Funds
Bloomberg.com | 23 December 2014

"Buyers from the UAE are seeking 15 elephants, China 27 and France 15 to 20, (Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said. Some could be sent to private zoos after their ability to keep the animals is assessed by the Zimbabwean wildlife authorities."
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Zim moves to generate more revenue from wildlife
Newsday - 23 December 2014

"(Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said South Africa wants sables and buffaloes, China, UAE and France are interested in elephants while the DRC wants to buy ostriches. The confirmation of pending sales is likely to send the authority on a collision course with the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that is against the sale of the animals saying the country is selling the future generation’s natural resources."

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Row over possible export of baby elephants
News 24 - 20 December 2014

"If people wish to fix the problem [of live animal exports] they need to tackle CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Of course under CITES they're allowed to export. In terms of the law they're doing nothing wrong," the activist told Sapa."

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Trade in live elephants from Zimbabwe - Public statement of the CITES Secretariat
http://cites.org/eng/zw_elephants
CITES Statement 18 December 2014

Ed: Trade in live specimens is morally reprehensible, particularly those who - like elephants  are social. familial, long lived, emotionally dependant on one another. That the Peak Body of Trade in Endangered Animals has a mechanism, which countries who are Member States can capture and trade away their freedom, wild lives and they 'clarify' the mechanism of trade with NO reference to the individual lives forever ruined is a failure of humanity. Darn right 'special interest groups' are clamouring we represent the ELEPHANTS.

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Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade

"For elephants, being held captive in a circus or in zoos is a fate worse than death" says renowned expert Joyce Poole.


Article: Nat Geo 17 December 2014
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Elephant family to arrive in the UAE
The National UAE. 16 December 2014 

"ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Environment and Water has confirmed that it has placed an order for seven elephants from Zimbabwe.The elephants, scheduled to arrive in the UAE soon, are of different ages and from one family group. It includes a calf accompanied by its mother." 

Note: Likely for this new Zoo.

Dubai's new Safari Park Zoo set to open next year
To house more than 1,000 animals

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Seizing wild elephants in Zimbabwe for a lifetime of captivity is simply wrong
http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/seizing-wild-elephants-zimbabwe-lifetime-captivity-simply-wrong
IFAW - 12 December 2014 


"The Zimbabwe government’s capture and export of allegedly 34 baby elephants not only poses grave threats to the very survival of those compromised individuals, but will cause deleterious harm to the families from which they were seized."

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'Zim elephant tragedy unfolds


"Australian Hank Jenkin, a former top official from Cites, which regulates the global trade in endangered species, was recruited as a consultant by wealthy businessmen and the Chinese government to provide elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks.

"The demand in China for elephants is huge," Jenkin said, adding that there was tremendous wealth there and a lot of new safari parks opening." Times Live Co ZA 12.12.14

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'Zimbabwe’s Gov. Admits Capturing Baby Elephants to Send to UAE, Possibly China' - http://bit.ly/1zqr7Er

Baby Elephants Snatched from Zimbabwe National Park and Sold to Chinese Zoos' http://bit.ly/1DalSyS
To stay updated, please visit: www.socialcompassion.org to get the latest information on this gruesome situation and to stay abreast of how you can help.
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Great to see IFAWNetwork for Animals and Social Compassion @www.socialcompassion.org are on board for these little victims of greed and dissonance.
Note....
CITES Secretariat and CITES Member States & CIvil Society need to get their act together in regards capture and sale of live animals for commercial purposes under thinly disguised 'conservation' purposes with barely a nod at welfare. It is TIME to end Live Trade. Organising Works.



Outrage as Zimbabwe to sell 62 baby elephants, and American hunter pays $350,000 to kill Namibian black rhino
http://mgafrica.com/article/2015-01-17-double-blow-for-conservationists-as-zimbabwe-to-sell-baby-elephants-hunter-to-kill-black-rhino-in-zambia
Mail and Guardian 24 | 18 January 2015

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Zimbabwe Slapped with Sanctions Over Elephant Kidnapping
www.zimeye.com/zimbabwe-slapped-with-tourism-sanctions-over-elephant-kidnapping
Zim Eye | 17 January 2015

"More than 30 Travel Agents have slapped on Zimbabwe travel sanctions through their businesses protesting over government’s kidnapping of baby elephants to go on sale in the European Union and China."
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27 baby elephants to be exported to China

www.news24.com/Green/News/27-baby-elephants-to-be-exported-to-China-20141223

News 24 | 24 December 2014


"There are 27 baby elephants there. One has died since capture," said Mel Hood of the independent Veterinarians for Animal Welfare (VAWZ). They are all destined for China, these 27. Nobody seems to know when they're going but apparently they will be flown out directly from Victoria Falls," she told Sapa." 
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Elephants for Sale in Zimbabwe, Where Parks Are Starved for Funds
www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-12-22/elephants-for-sale-as-zimbabwe-s-biggest-park-left-without-funds.html
Bloomberg.com | 23 December 2014

"Buyers from the UAE are seeking 15 elephants, China 27 and France 15 to 20, (Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said. Some could be sent to private zoos after their ability to keep the animals is assessed by the Zimbabwean wildlife authorities."
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Zim moves to generate more revenue from wildlife
www.newsday.co.zw/2014/12/23/zim-moves-generate-revenue-wildlife/
Newsday - 23 December 2014


"(Director for Conservation at the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Authorities) Geoffreys Matipano said South Africa wants sables and buffaloes, China, UAE and France are interested in elephants while the DRC wants to buy ostriches. The confirmation of pending sales is likely to send the authority on a collision course with the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force that is against the sale of the animals saying the country is selling the future generation’s natural resources."

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Row over possible export of baby elephants
www.news24.com/Green/News/Row-over-possible-export-of-baby-elephants-20141220
News 24 - 20 December 2014

"If people wish to fix the problem [of live animal exports] they need to tackle CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Of course under CITES they're allowed to export. In terms of the law they're doing nothing wrong," the activist told Sapa."

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Trade in live elephants from Zimbabwe - Public statement of the CITES Secretariat
http://cites.org/eng/zw_elephants

CITES Statement 18 December 2014

Ed: Trade in live specimens is morally reprehensible, particularly those who - like elephants  are social. familial, long lived, emotionally dependant on one another. That the Peak Body of Trade in Endangered Animals has a mechanism, which countries who are Member States can capture and trade away their freedom, wild lives and they 'clarify' the mechanism of trade with NO reference to the individual lives forever ruined is a failure of humanity. Darn right 'special interest groups' are clamouring we represent the ELEPHANTS.

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Zimbabwe's Reported Plan to Export Baby Elephants Raises Outcry Against Animal Trade

"For elephants, being held captive in a circus or in zoos is a fate worse than death" says renowned expert Joyce Poole.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/12/141217-zimbabwe-china-elephants-zoos-tuli-botswana-south-africa/

Article: Nat Geo 17 December 2014
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Elephant family to arrive in the UAE
http://www.thenational.ae/uae/elephant-family-to-arrive-in-the-uae
The National UAE. 16 December 2014 

"ABU DHABI // The Ministry of Environment and Water has confirmed that it has placed an order for seven elephants from Zimbabwe.The elephants, scheduled to arrive in the UAE soon, are of different ages and from one family group. It includes a calf accompanied by its mother." 

Note: Likely for this new Zoo.


Dubai's new Safari Park Zoo set to open next year
To house more than 1,000 animals
http://www.buro247.com/me/lifestyle/news/dubai-safari-park-opening-next-year.html

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Seizing wild elephants in Zimbabwe for a lifetime of captivity is simply wrong
http://www.ifaw.org/united-states/news/seizing-wild-elephants-zimbabwe-lifetime-captivity-simply-wrong

IFAW - 12 December 2014 

"The Zimbabwe government’s capture and export of allegedly 34 baby elephants not only poses grave threats to the very survival of those compromised individuals, but will cause deleterious harm to the families from which they were seized."


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'Zim elephant tragedy unfolds

http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/12/12/zim-elephant-tragedy-unfolds

"Australian Hank Jenkin, a former top official from Cites, which regulates the global trade in endangered species, was recruited as a consultant by wealthy businessmen and the Chinese government to provide elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks.

"The demand in China for elephants is huge," Jenkin said, adding that there was tremendous wealth there and a lot of new safari parks opening." Times Live Co ZA 12.12.14



More from Simon Bloch here: https://www.facebook.com/simon.bloch/posts/10205319791858631
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'Zimbabwe’s Gov. Admits Capturing Baby Elephants to Send to UAE, Possibly China' - http://bit.ly/1zqr7Er

Baby Elephants Snatched from Zimbabwe National Park and Sold to Chinese Zoos' http://bit.ly/1DalSyS
To stay updated, please visit: www.socialcompassion.org to get the latest information on this gruesome situation and to stay abreast of how you can help.
________________________
Great to see IFAWNetwork for Animals and Social Compassion @www.socialcompassion.org are on board for these little victims of greed and dissonance.
Note....
CITES Secretariat and CITES Member States & CIvil Society need to get their act together in regards capture and sale of live animals for commercial purposes under thinly disguised 'conservation' purposes with barely a nod at welfare. It is TIME to end Live Trade. Organising Works.