Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations (FIAPO) has taken a bold step forward: demanding legal personhood for the Asian Elephant on grounds of their intrinsic value and dignity.
A study by John Paulson and colleagues at Duke University found that elephants play an important role in Central Africa’s forests by dispersing seeds and nutrients and trampling foliage. A reduction in elephant populations would leave 96% of Central African forests susceptible to drastic change.
China’s decision to ban ivory is a very encouraging one. However, if we want to create lasting change, then we need to tackle the social problems which are directly linked to this trade.
Asian elephant Chai, 37, dies at Oklahoma City Zoo following extended battle to retire her to a sanctuary
Chai’s life was tragic and characterized by deprivation. As those who knew her in Seattle and beyond mourn her loss, we also hope that her story inspires others to continue the fight to phase out elephant programs in zoos, so that not one more elephant suffers or dies simply to entertain humans.