One Step Closer to saving Elephants!

Dear WordPress family,

I just wanted to share some good news that came in via email that I will share with you here. I support Avaaz in many of their campaigns by signing petitions from human rights to animal cruelty.  So  I was so pleased that this was the result of a long campaign to ban Ivory in Hong Kong. 

If you want to add your name to help close more markets in Ivory, there is a link within the email at the bottom..

I have added to my Meaningful Monday’s Tag, but  can’t wait till then. 🙂

Have an amazing weekend all of you..

 

Love and Blessings Sue

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Dear friends,

The world’s largest ivory market just banned ivory!! And our movement was at the centre of the fight!

Hong Kong’s ivory market is gigantic — responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of elephants. With these amazing creatures careening towards extinction, Avaazers launched a massive petition,sent thousands of messages to Hong Kong legislators, got many engaged directly with our campaign, and built a media storm right before the vote — legislators even held up our campaign ads during the debate!

And yesterday, we won!!! Here’s how it happened…

Hong Kong petition delivery

The 1.1 million-strong call for an ivory ban is delivered to Hong Kong’s lawmakers ahead of the vote

First, over a million of us joined our petition calling for an ivory ban. Almost immediately after launching, a key legislator got in touch to talk to Avaaz about the campaign — we definitely got their attention!

Then, last week, we got an urgent email from campaigners in Hong Kong that the government was calling a vote on the ivory ban in just five days. So, we swung into action:

  • We plastered Hong Kong’s social media with a video from our friends at WildAid Hong Kong featuring Chinese superstar Li Bing Bing, showing the heartbreaking impact of the ivory trade.
  • Next, we created a beautiful ad to run in Hong Kong’s biggest newspaper on the day of the vote, telling legislators that the future of elephants was in their hands.

Avaaz advert in the Oriental Daily News

The Avaaz ad in the Oriental Daily News telling Hong Kong lawmakers that the elephants’ future is in their hands
  • Then thousands of us sent messages to lawmakers calling on them to support the ban.
  • And as the legislators went in to vote, Avaazers joined a colourful protest organised by fellow campaigners.

Petition Delivery

“Having the support of over a million people all over the world made a big impact when it came down to the vote. Thank you Avaazers!”
– Alex Hofford, WildAid Hong Kong
  • Finally, in the debate before the vote, one of the main legislators championing the ban held up a giant printed version of our ad for everyone to see, showing them the whole world was watching!

Petition Delivery

“It was a huge boost to be able to deliver a million voices into the debate before we voted for the ivory ban. The world stood with us, and it made a difference.”
– Hong Kong lawmaker Hon Elizabeth Quat

In the end, we won the vote by a landslide!Hong Kong Ivory Vote CountMedia worldwide have hailed this ‘historic’ vote — the biggest ivory market in the world will now start shutting down its ivory trade!Ivory+MediaLike many Avaaz campaigns, we didn’t do this alone. This incredible result was only possible after years of campaigning by WildAid and others, and thanks to a dedicated group of legislators in Hong Kong who made sure the vote happened.

Today, thanks to all of us, the poachers and traders are fuming, and our majestic elephant friends have been given a lifeline. I’m full of joy, for the planet, but also selfishly, for my own family. I’ve just become a dad, and now I have hope that my new baby will grow up to have the spectacular experience of seeing elephants in the wild.

With gratitude and pride at what we have achieved together,

Bert and the Avaaz team

P.S. We’ve won in Hong Kong — but there are still markets open in Europe that we need to close. Click here and add your name to that campaign too!

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Senseless Sickening Slaughter

ELEPHANT Pinting in water colour

My love of Elephants has spanned all my life, these wonderful family oriented beings hold much love and joy in my heart and only this past week I had enjoyed watching the antics of a family of elephants on the BBC’s documentary, one such documentary I found here in  The Secret Life of Elephants which was following the birth of a baby elephant and her family in Kenya’s Samburu Reserve.

I was so enchanted with the love and devotion they give each other please click the link above to view.

I was debating what photo I should add to this post, as I did not wish to shock you but for you to get some idea of how heartbroken I felt over seeing an article on one of my fellow bloggers pages over at Learning From Dogs on his post entitled The Best and Worst of Mankind –the Worst. I hope you will visit Paul’s article in red above to see why I felt I had to write the following poem .. In the end I decided to post a painting I did in 2001 which I noticed I happen to have painted also in October.

I don’t know the answers to such cruelties in our world not only against our animal kingdom but to our children and each other except that I just had to vent out my feelings in a poem..And I hope that some day the Balance is once again restored to our wonderful Planet Earth and we seek Peace instead of the killing fields of Greed… 

Senseless and Sickening

Another headline of heart breaking gore
My heart was gutted and cut to the core
Of reading the senseless sickening campaign 
As marauders killed Elephants on the African Plains

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Not a chance did they stand as they killed them with Gun
On horseback with missiles nowhere could they run
The prizes of ivory bloodied and Red 
As Whole families of Elephants are now laying dead

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Ironic I read that the tusks are to be carved 
For Spiritual houses as sacred façades
I try to detach from our murderous Race
As my stomach does wrench in our Human Disgrace

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We call ourselves Human when we’re far from humane
We butcher, abuse, we kill and we maim 
I try not to judge but my heart it does bleed 
For laws that are passed as some do as they please

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No wonder this cycle is nearing its end
Too Warlike we Humans negative energies we send 
This World would be paradise had the humans not interfered 
With pollution and wars my eyes fill with tears

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I pray to the spirits of those Magnificent herds 
And to all of the people for injustice incurred      
I pray to the Goddess of Gaia our home 
And each living creature on Earth that does roam

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I’m sorry to be part of this Race that’s so cruel 
Where Man spreads his violence and dominant rule 
The Male Energies are ending as they cling to their Power 
Its time for the Feminine Compassionate showers…

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To wash us all clean as the Earth she does cleanse 
Make ready your Hearts for we soon shall ascend..
 

© Sue Dreamwalker – 2012 All rights reserved.

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