As we all know, elephants are sentient beings who are intelligent, thoughtful, and smarter than most would imagine. They are capable of great love, great forgiveness, and great healing. Of course, they are also subject to mistreatment around the world, and often treated as attractions to be exploited or hunted for profit.
One of the reasons Global Sanctuary for Elephants chose to establish our first sanctuary – Elephant Sanctuary Brazil – in South America is because many countries are passing progressive laws regarding animal welfare. Progress generally moves slowly, but it is happening, and in dark times, that can be something to remember.
The Animal Legal Defense Fund sponsors this annual week to raise awareness of crimes committed against all animals. Education is essential to change, and each of us play a role in bringing attention to the cruelty we see, and advance the idea that animals should be protected and given legal rights. There have been instances when GSE has employed the legal system to protect the elephants who now call the sanctuary home, and that may very well be the case with future elephants. It is worth the effort if the results impact a single animal in the future.
There are many things that supporters like you can do to help to raise awareness about animal rights. You can familiarize yourself with local, state, federal, or international laws about animal protection. Identify the agencies in your areas that respond to incidents of animal cruelty, and know how to file a report with them if you witness a crime. Write letters to organizations and officials to make them aware of your concerns. And, of course, you can support organizations that provide care for animals in need. Each time you share your knowledge, repost us on social media, or donate toward fundraisers, you are making a difference in the lives of mistreated elephants. Don’t discount the power you have to protect vulnerable animals. Thank you for supporting Global Sanctuary for Elephants and Elephant Sanctuary Brazil, and we hope you will continue to spread the message about animal rights and protections – this week, and always.
Photo of Maia, a true survivor