Stop the Liquid Ivory Trade

9-July 2013

End Liquid Ivory and Save Sumatra’s Elephants

Dear friends:

Palm oil is now known as “liquid ivory”.

Sumatra’s elephant has been brought to the brink of extinction by the palm oil industry with rapidity similar to that exacted on the African elephant by the ivory trade.

Thousands of acres of Sumatra’s tropical forests – home to elephants, tigers, rhinos, orangutans and other critically endangered species – are being cleared for palm oil plantations.

Sumatra’s Aceh Province is one of the largest rainforest preserves in all of SE Asia, and the only place in the world where elephants, tigers, orangutans and rhinos still live together.

The Indonesian government is considering permitting clearing of over half of Aceh Province for more palm oil plantations. This would likely eliminate the entire elephant habitat there.

Deforestation by palm oil interests is entirely unnecessary and in addition to killing Sumatra’s elephants it also:
• Strips Indonesia of opportunities to develop a sustainable economy
• Eliminates access to equal employment
• Makes the entire archipelago more vulnerable to the worst of impacts from flooding and typhoons
• Will destroy their coastal fisheries

Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant is supporting Elephant Family’s campaign to save Sumatra’s elephants and its tropical forests.

All that we need from you today is your signature!
Please go to: http://www.elephantfamily.org/what-we-do/campaigns/sumatra/ and sign and send this letter to Indonesia’s government demanding that they save the forests of Aceh, Sumatra’s elephants and her indigenous peoples.

Thank you!
Ron

Ron Chandler
President/Cofounder
Conservation Initiative for the Asian Elephant
http://ConservationInitiativefortheAsianElephant.Bellstrike.com

  • Deforestation of Sumatra's forests. Image courtesy of Elephant Family (all rights reserved)

    Deforestation of Sumatra's forests. Image courtesy of Elephant Family (all rights reserved)

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