This month, Asian Geographic published an 8-page cover story of my ‘Schools United for Elephants’ Campaign, spreading the anti-ivory trade idea in 24 places including, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Dubai, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Thailand, USA etc.
"Last October, when I learned about the rampant ivory trade and the devastating effects on the elephant population, I became very angry and I wanted to do something about it, but being just a student I didn’t know what I could do. I finally wrote a letter to The South China Morning Post titled, ‘Ivory Market an Example of Inhumanity’. That marked a turning point in my life. In the letter, I pleaded with countries worldwide to put a stop to this damage trade.
But to me, such decorations aren’t beautiful at all. Using an animal part for decoration is sad and disgusting. It is nothing more than a symbol of the bloodshed that goes on in Asia and Africa."
I use different ways to raise awareness in the poaching issue. In June, I wrote a song from a poached elephant mother's perspective, she tells how poaching and the huge ivory demand had ruined a dream life she and her child originally deserved—and how deep their bond is. Hope this song deserves a few minutes of your time and a click to share.
No Buying! No Killing!
In October 2012, Celia Ho, nicknamed “The Elephant Girl” by Jane Goodall, as touched by “Blood Ivory,” an article in National Geographic. She wrote a fantastic letter in her local Hong Kong newspaper, the South China Morning Post, about saving the elephants. At only 14 she became a symbol of hope and action for the new generation in Asia. Connect with Celia and support her efforts at http://ecosysaction.org/celia's-corner.
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