But the slaughter of elephants is a reality, it is happening right now and without a greater concerted effort by all of us, we will be witness to the extinction of this species and so many other species of fauna and flora as a result. If you are reading this, you have a role to play and we urge you to share this calf's story, so that he might not have died in vein.
You can do more. Please write to your government and ask: 1.) what they are doing to ban all ivory trade in your country 2.) how they are supporting efforts to protect elephants in the wild and 3.) what steps are they taking to identify and arrest all those involved in the smuggling, trade and sale of illegal ivory. With each question, make clear why you want to see greater action from your government in all three areas and demand an explanation for any inactivity on their part. You can find out more about the ivory trade, statistics and sample letters at our iworry campaign website: www.iworry.org.
If you wish to have an immediate impact, we would invite you to support reputable conservation organizations working to protect elephants, and other species. You can do this right now by fostering an orphan elephant in our care, as "fortunately" not all those elephants targeted by poachers are killed. Our teams have treated more than 1,800 injured elephants and successfully rescued over 180 orphaned elephants, all of whom have, or will when grown, be reintegrated back into the wild.