By Lindsey Little
“Sex and the City” alum, Kristin Davis, is committed to raising money and bringing awareness to gruesome poaching in Africa.
Every 15 minutes, an African elephant is killed for its ivory tusks, which can be sold on the black market for $1000 a pound. At this rate, the elephants will be extinct in 12 years.
Their death is often brutal, as poachers attack them with poisoned arrows, spears, snares and guns.
Davis recounts an early experience with the reality of poaching:
“I helped rescue an orphaned baby elephant in 2009 on a visit to Kenya, and was fortunate to be able to take her to the woman who first had success raising orphaned elephants and returning them to the wild. Dame Daphne Sheldrick told me that the baby elephant we found could have been the victim of poachers who had killed her family. I thought to myself that poaching was illegal and maybe the Sheldricks were likely worried for no reason.”
Many elephants are killed inside of African National Parks, where they are supposed to be safe. However, the punishment for poaching has been historically light, making the reward for ivory far greater than the risk of getting caught. War lords, like Joseph Kony, often use their profits to fund other atrocities, such as rape and murder, as well as sex and drug trafficking.
Unfortunately, 2009 marked the beginning of what experts call a “tsunami” of poaching across Africa. More....