Free Mae from slavery!
Who is Mae?
Mae is a 36-year-old elephant that has been a slave her whole life. She was born into a logging camp & spent the first 25 years enslaved in that camp. Mae was sent into the most dangerous areas to pull big trees through the forest – working in brutal conditions while destroying her own home. Elephants in these camps are made to work at a furious pace. They are overworked and exhausted, and as a result cannot reproduce.
From the logging camp Mae was sold to a riding camp & spent 11 years giving rides to tourists with as many as 10 people on her back at one time up to 20 times a day.
She was recently let go from the riding camp. For the last 3 months, she has been chained to a tree in the jungle – feet bound in chains – malnourished – dehydrated.
You can save her. You can help send her to a 500-acre reservation to live out the rest of her days where she has other elephants to play and interact with.
Please donate now & share, share, share! We need $28K and any amount you can contribute will help. Let’s save this beautiful girl!
There has never been a more dangerous time to be an elephant! Elephants are on the path to extinction. Their population has dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade, due to poachers & deforestation.
- In 2008, conservationists warned that African elephants would become extinct by 2020 if widespread poaching continued.
- Loas, where Mae lives, is known as ‘Land of a Million Elephants’. Today there are less than 1000 elephants, with ~400 wild elephants. For many years they were used to deforest their own homes for the logging industry. Now these elephants are being sold to China for poaching, zoos, parks & circuses. Conservationists say once the number drops below 200 the animal will be functionally extinct in the wild.
- In 1800 there may have been 26 million elephants in Africa alone, today it is estimated that less than 50,000 elephants remain in Asia & less than half a million roam Africa.
- Around 20,000 African elephants were killed last year for their tusks, more than were born.
- Criminal gangs bribe officials to ship huge quantities of ivory through the ports to illicit factories and markets of China, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. In 2011, seizures hit a peak of 2,500 elephants. But that is only a fraction of what makes it through undisturbed.
- Elephants are a keystone species. It means they create and maintain the ecosystems in which they live and make it possible for a myriad of plant and animal species to live in those environments as well. The loss of elephants gravely affects many species that depend on elephant-maintained ecosystems and causes major habitat chaos and a weakening to the structure and diversity of nature itself.
- With the largest brain of any land animal, they are smart, sentient, social and empathetic, qualities we strive for ourselves. We share so many characteristics with elephants that they may well be more like us than any other animal.
SAVING ONE ANIMAL WON’T CHANGE THE WORLD, BUT IT WILL CHANGE THE WORLD FOR THAT ONE ANIMAL
Thank you for breaking the chains!