What Can You Do?
Lend Your Voice
- Become an EleAmbassador and raise awareness in your community.
- If you’re an educator, schedule a Distance Learning program with The Elephant Sanctuary to inform students about the importance of keeping elephants wild, and their contributions as a keystone species.
- Find out where your city stands on animals in performance and then...
- Ask your local officials to prevent permits to shows traveling with wild/exotic animals.
- Express your support for bills that protect wild/exotic animals.
- Request animal-free performances in your area.
Use Your Purchasing Power
- Choose ecotourism operations that support local elephant conservation projects, do not offer elephant rides, and treat elephants with respect and dignity.
- Boycott circuses that include wild/exotic animals.
- Avoid palm oil. While it can be produced sustainably, production methods of palm oil often go unchecked and threaten local ecosystems. Choose clearly labeled oils, such as 100 percent sunflower oil, corn oil, olive oil, coconut oil, or canola oil, or look for RSPO labels for products made with sustainable palm oil that doesn’t deplete elephant habitats.
- Do not buy or trade ivory. Help protect elephants and their tusks by supporting measures aimed at combating the global ivory trade.
- Purchase only Fair-trade, shade-grown coffee. Look for the Rainforest Alliance Certification Seal. Clear-cutting of forests for production threatens elephants’ natural wooded habitats.
- Be sure your office uses paper that meets the global forest management standards of the Forest Stewardship Council®(FSC®) and is certified by the Rainforest Alliance.