China importing baby elephants
Right now, dozens of baby African elephants snatched from their mothers wait alone, bewildered and frightened. If nothing is done, they will soon be exported to China, where they will spend the rest of their lives in captivity.
Despite being in the midst of a poaching crisis, Zimbabwe plans to sell these animals for $60,000 each, while claiming overpopulation as the excuse. These elephants will most likely suffer for decades in zoos or animal shows, denied their natural environment and the companionship of their families.
Every day, close to 100 African elephants are poached for their ivory, and their numbers are dropping at alarming rates. This week, HSI submitted a petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African elephant as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. If current poaching rates continue, they may become extinct in our lifetime.
Tragically, the last time Zimbabwe exported baby elephants to China, three of four animals died. The last one is still languishing in misery. These others will most likely suffer the same fate. We need to protect these babies—and this species—before it’s too late.