Elephants are extremely emotional animals. They easily bond with other elephants or the humans (aka hairless monkeys) who care for them. They are also known to shed tears and bury their dead when a loved one dies.
Please don’t support the ivory trade by purchasing accessories made with ivory.
Please join Alex and The Legend of Tarzan in supporting a wonderful cause - STOPPING the international ivory trade!
“Don’t stand by and watch the extinction of our largest land animal, the iconic African Elephant. Join the cast and crew of The Legend of Tarzan making a stand against the ivory trade. Stop Ivory is a global movement turning the tide for African elephants. This September, world leaders vote on new laws protecting elephants. Sign and share the petition and we will deliver a very simple message in a unified voice: Stop Ivory . Our time is now.”
Click here to SIGN the petition. Click here to DONATE!
Don’t stand by and watch the extinction of our largest land animal, the iconic African Elephant. Join the cast and crew of The Legend of Tarzanmaking a stand against the ivory trade. Stop Ivory is a global movement turning the tide for African elephants. This September, world leaders vote on new laws protecting elephants. Sign and share the petition and deliver a very simple message in a unified voice: Stop Ivory . Our time is now. http://stopivory.org/thelegendoftarzan/
Quote from the movie: ‘They say an elephant’s eyes speak the greatest language… Who else could make you feel so much without a word?’
Quote from Alexander Skarsgård: ‘These shots of elephant tusks on a train are quite haunting.’
After you sign the petition, you will be welcomed to the herd. (It’s free to join, or you can always help donate as well.)
**A fan said she was watching a movie at a Regal Cinema this week and that there was a recording about this during the pre-previews that included Alexander Skarsgård. She said he mentioned Regal Cinemas specifically, so if you want to see it, head on out to a Regal today!**
Check out the ‘making of The Legend of Tarzan on their site. Reminder: the movie opens July 1st!
Thanks to Warner Brothers for the LegendofTarzan movie stills, StopIvory.org and Lady for the HQs and Elena for the Regal Theater news! [x]
ETA - I saw a Warner Brothers movie today at a Regal Cinema and got to see Alex’s promo video for this. It’s about a minute long and it includes two scenes of the film they haven’t released yet (including him saying the movie quote above in his British accent), plus Alex talking throughout it with a few shots of him talking and also some beautiful elephants.
I hope you make it to see it in a Regal Cinema near you. Right afterwards they show the Tarzan trailer. (my photo)
‘China is the biggest consumer of ivory and outside their London Embassy yesterday ADI and fellow protestors braved the cold and passionately called on them to take action against the continuing slaughter of elephants.
Wherever you live, you can speak out for the tens of thousands of elephants who become victims of this horrific trade each year by sending a polite email to the Embassy at firstname.lastname@example.org and calling on them to STOP THE IVORY TRADE.’
We are proud to announce our 2nd donation of $30,000 to Save The Elephants! Save The Elephants is an organization dedicated to stopping the ivory trade and getting these beautiful creatures removed from the endangered species list.
Work begins on destroying 28 tonnes of elephant tusks over the course of a year in move to combat illegal wildlife trade
Ivory tusks are displayed after the official start of the destruction of confiscated ivory in Hong Kong May 15, 2014. Photograph: TYRONE SIU/REUTERS
Hong Kong on Thursday began destroying nearly 30 tonnes of ivory seized from smugglers, in the world’s largest such operation that marks a significant step in combating the illegal trade in elephant tusks.
The operation, which involves incinerating a stockpile seized since 2003, comes after a government committee on endangered species agreed on the move following intense pressure from conservation groups.
“Today’s ceremony sends a loud and clear message to both the local and the international community that the Hong Kong government is determined to curb illegal trade in elephant ivory,” the city’s environment secretary Wong Kam-sing told reporters.
“We hope curbing illegal trade in ivory will help stop illegal poaching of elephants,” Wong said at a treatment plant in the city’s Tsing Yi district.
Around one tonne (1,000 kilograms) of elephant tusks was destroyed Thursday at the plant, where they were first broken down into smaller pieces and burned in an incinerator. Charred bits of ivory will be sent to a landfill.
Officials and guests including Hong Kong Secretary for the Environment Wong Kam-sing (second right) are shown seized ivory displayed in Hong Kong on 15 May, 2014 Photograph: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images
Authorities plan to destroy 28 tonnes of ivory over the course of a year.
The city has been a transit point for the illegal ivory trade with tusk seizures rising steadily since 2009, reaching a record of 8,041 kilograms seized in 2013.
Its gigantic stockpile is also one of the largest in the world, drawing ire from environmentalists.
A total of 33.37 tonnes of tusks were seized since 2003, mostly shipped from African nations by sea. Some 400 kilograms of the stockpile has been donated to schools for educational purposes, and some has already been incinerated in test runs.
Being the world’s largest recorded ivory destruction, the move marks a significant step to stem illegal ivory smuggling, environmental groups say.
“Hong Kong’s leadership could save Africa’s elephants,” said Iain Douglas-Hamilton, founder of the conservation group Save the Elephants.
He added that all efforts to stop the killing of elephants will fail unless the illegal ivory trade is stopped.
Experts believe that most illegal ivory is headed to China – where products made from the material have long been seen as status symbols – with some estimating the country accounts for as much as 70% of global demand.
The city’s action follow similar programmes by various governments to destroy ivory tusks.