By: Nayeli Medina and Destiny Gomez
The World Wildlife Fund is an international fundraising organization created after previous organizations failed to adequately protect wildlife due to a lack of proper funding. The WWF has become one of the world’s top leaders in wildlife protection. They are currently working with 100 countries to conserve our planet, and have been involved in wildlife protection for more than 50 years. According to their website, “WWF’s mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.”
Last week, The World Wildlife Fund took a tremendous step toward changing the world: they recently petitioned against illegal ivory trading. Sadly, ivory is prominently used by people to to depict their high position in the social hierarchy. Ivory comes from the tusk of elephants, and composed of dentine, it is a creamy white color.
The process in removing a tusk from an elephant is gruesome. Poachers use poison and high-powered automatic rifles to slaughter the elephants. While the elephant is dying in agonizing pain, the tusks are then gouged out of their skull. It seems as though humans are only focused on aesthetics, instead of preserving the preciousness that comes in the form of elephants, but not the World Wildlife Fund. They are a shining beacon leading the world into a natural Utopia.
Now, let’s take a look at the facts. According to Time Magazine, 96 elephants die each day, which is around 35,040 elephants each year. Sadly, their numbers are still decreasing. Elephants are soon to become extinct, their numbers have dropped drastically in the last few years from 1,000,000 to 100,000.
After a gruesome couple of weeks, Sara Thomas, manager advocate of WWF, informed all WWF supporters, of a great outcome, “I am excited to report back to you that, last week, we turned in our public comment on the US ivory regulations along with the signatures of 1 million WWF supporters—including yours—to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). This marks WWF’s most successful petition drive ever in the US, and the first time in the history of the USFWS that the agency can confirm they have received more than 1 million comments on a proposed rule from a single organization.”
Thank You WWF. Nayeli and I, as well as the rest of the world, can now rejoice in knowing the elephants are one step closer to being safe.
If you are interested in saving the world, please click here, and sign the WWF Pledge.