Every year, tens to hundred of thousands of Africa’s elephants are killed to supply illegal ivory to markets throughout the world. Animal rights groups estimate that poachers in Africa kill between 25,000 and 35,000 elephants annually – about 104 per day.
Wildlife hunting is big business – one 2013 estimate valued the illegal poaching trade in Africa as being worth $17 billion dollars a year and growing.
This poaching, together with habitat loss due to human development, have cut the population of African elephants by a third. If this trend isn’t reversed, the beloved elephant may be on its way to extinction.
But the elephants don’t stand alone.
Jen Samuel is an endangered species advocate dedicated to ending the ivory trade and advancing elephant well-being worldwide. Her work as the president and founder of Elephants DC, an all-volunteer nonprofit, has been featured on CCTV America and in National Geographic, Politico, The Dodo and One Green Planet. In 2014, she called for New Jersey to enact the nation’s first comprehensive domestic commercial sales ban on the ivory trade, which quickly gained bipartisan legislative support across the state.
Jen joins us for an interview and discusses the big wins, defeats, and continued struggle for elephant well-being.
This format of this episode is different from that of previous episodes, so let us know what you think!
LEARN MORE ABOUT ELEPHANTS DC
INTRO: Jon Ellig
LOGO: Jake Karcher
MUSIC: Laid Back Guitars by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?isrc=USUAN1100181. Artist: http://incompetech.com/
IMAGE: Jen Samuel leads an ivory ban march. (contributed photo)