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Elephants Forever!

Team Member: Tonje Alm

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THE STORY:

Cea Hearth wrote -

A long time elephant lover, I got an elegant elephant tattoo (see picture) on my right forearm in 2008 at the age of fifty-eight.I was in St. Louis with my elephant-loving friend, Audrey Cappiello. In 2010, a friend and I made an elephant cut-out cake for a party on National Elephant Day in October--it was a light-hearted affair in San Francisco! Not until the fall of 2012, did I realize the elephant was in trouble.

I saw the cover of National Geographic Magazine over Thanksgiving which showed long lines of African men holding matched sets of bloody elephant tusks, taller than the men themselves! My dread prevented me from reading the article for weeks! But, by February of 2013, I’d learned that elephants were being killed at rates higher than elephant calves were being born--the recipe for extinction! Unless we step-up to intervene, experts say that by 2025 the elephants will likely disappear in the wild. I organized a small gathering of friends to find something we could do to help! That something has now morphed into gorgeous bumper stickers and signs! I also joined the SF chapter of March For Elephants which organizes the annual March for Elephants at an expense of $12,ooo yearly.

Currently with messages in English and full-color pictures, we plan to distribute the stickers at this year’s March For Elephants, Oct 4. We will sell some of them and give some of them as thank-yous for donations. Letting people know of the elephant’s plight is obviously important to be done all across the world. But, since China is responsible for 70% of the world’s illegal ivory trade, we realized that the bumper stickers would be far more valuable in China! Thus, we decided to raise money to do just that!

To accomplish this we need:

Chinese translation services for letter-writing and calligraphy help, 5 hours at $60/hr

Sticker re-design to accommodate the vertical orientation of Chinese Calligraphy
3 hours at $65/hr

The rectangular bumper sticker printing costs $2.76 per item, full-color, ll x 3”
The oval stickers’ printing costs $2.27 per item, full-color, 4 x 6” **

Postage to mail stickers to China is estimated to cost $180.00

Domestic postage, envelopes and handling to provide stickers or origami elephants to donors who request them at $200 (please request the desired sticker/origami elephant with your address atngeredelephants@gmail.com)

http://seeendangeredelephants@gmail.com)

**{If we gather sufficient funds, the cost per unit of the stickers reduces, i.e., the
price for 1000 stickers per unit is about 50% of the per unit price for a 250
sticker order}

After production in Chinese, we will contact Animal Rights Associations in China to receive the stickers. We will also include a flash drive, giving recipients the ability to redesign the stickers to accommodate other dialects and to generate more copies themselves.

Among the organizations we will contact in China are:


Chinese Animal Protection Network (CAPN) 48 member groups across China, with 10,000+ members dedicated to the betterment of all animals

WildAid-China
wildaid.org/china
No. 1-2-11 Qijiayuan Diplomatic Compound No. 9 Jianwai Street Chaoyang District
BEIJING
100600 Beijing
CHINA
Provides celebrity TV appearances and videos with Jackie Chan and Chinese basketball star Yao Ming as well as myriad other services


Wildlife Rescue in China
dw110.org
Hainan
CHINA
committed to saving endangered and other animals

    March for Elephants, SF, does a phenomenal job not only organizing the annual march but in advising/encouraging other branches of MFE world-wide to provide marches in their cites.  The success of their labor is found in this single statistic:  there were 43 cities marching for elephants last year and 120 marching this year!!  Did they do some work?  Yes, they did!  The Marches almost tripled in a single year!  See March for Elephants-SF.org

    In addition to that major focus on outreach and education--the March for elephants and rhinos--they are a hub for political info and activism across the nation and the world.  Tweet storms, e-mail and letter-writing campaigns, calls to key politicians at strategic moments, ivory-banning petitions at the state level--they helped support the state of New York with their recent successful campaign and are poised to rejoin the efforts in Hawaii come January, 2015, when the matter comes up again for discussion.  This year MFE has begun a California State Petition to Governor Jerry Brown to ban all ivory sales here in California, the second largest stateside ivory user.  

     In addition, members do public outreach through tabling at the Zoos and other events, over and over again, to get the word out!  Also, several demonstrations at the Chinese consulate in SF have been held, most recently a vigil for National Rhino Day, September 22.  And I am just a member-at-large, meaning I do not even know the full extent of the endeavors! I do know that they of course need funds and often end up trying to raise moneys in the midst of organizing the other events, or just asking the membership for finances over and again.  I would like to help sustain their energy for activism by supplying some of the much-needed funds.  I hope you will help me help them help the elephants (and rhinos)--help us all to be able to count on having elephants forever!!! 

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