To protect wildlife and conserve habitats working in collaboration with governments and indigenous communities while ensuring the welfare of captive wildlife.
Started 10 petitions
Retire all elephants over 50 to an elephant sanctuary
Working captive elephants have a very difficult life. They can be forced to stand in one place for hours or days on end with chains tethered to all four limbs. They can be forced to walk on the hot tarmac roads that burn their feet and put them at risk from being hit by motor vehicles. These elephants rarely get reputable veterinary care and can spend decades without experiencing social interactions with other elephants. Most of these elephants were also taken away from their herd as a baby and physically tortured in order to 'break' them. For many elephants, this process continues throughout their life as they get new handlers or owners. We are asking that mercy be shown for these elephants and that after decades of serving people they all get to retire to live out their remaining years with some dignity and joy. They should be retired to a facility that they are not chained or forced to work. As it currently is, these elephants will work to earn money until they die. Please allow these elephants to experience their remaining years with some freedom and dignity and require all elephants that are 50 or older to be given immediate retirement.
Save the last wild elephants
Asian elephants are endangered. In some estimates the numbers have plummeted from a population over a million one century ago to 40,000 today. In most countries the species is struggling to hang on with the largest numbers being found in India. The best hope for saving the species rests with India. Their numbers are plummeting because there just aren't enough forests and wild places for them to be. This is a species that migrates during the seasons, and their home range is disappearing. Therefore, more has to be done to protect the few wild places that there are and the corridors that they use to go from one place to another. Also, more needs to be done to stop the illegal activity that is happening in their home range. This includes mining, road building, deforestation and development. The wildlife protection act of india is strong. But we need to use our will to protect the last wild places before we lose this species forever.
Close the Open wells to protect animals and children
With alarming frequency we are called in to rescue animals who've fallen into open wells, tragically common throughout India. These wells can be 60 feet deep and lack any kind of markings — sometimes they are just open pits with no signs or fences around the rim. They can be dry or filled with deep, dirty water. Any person or animal lucky enough to survive a fall into such a well might drown in the water below, or perish from exhaustion, starvation, or exposure. India's open wells take the lives of countless animals: in the past few years, we’ve rescued scores of leopards, bears, owls, hyenas, reptiles, and more. Open wells are also a big hazard for children, pets and farm animals. The open wells in Pune are of particular danger to Indian leopards, a threatened species nearing extinction. The photo above shows the latest incident that we were called in for, just days before this petition was put together. We're asking the District of Pune Collector to cover or fence off the area’s wells so that the lives of people and wild animals — like this poor leopard — are not further jeopardized. Your signature could help save them! Thank you so much. All of us at Wildlife SOS
Issue a travel advisory to not ride elephants in Asia
Asian Elephants are an endangered species. Their wild population numbers are estimated to be around 40,000 and falling throughout their range. This is a loss of almost 95% of their estimated population from a century ago. Protecting each individual is critical to conserving the species. Currently, there is a demand for Asian Elephants to entertain tourists and give rides in places like Thailand, Nepal and India. These elephants are notoriously abused often under the umbrella of 'ecotourism'. Travelers are misled to believing that the elephants are well treated and cared for. They are also given the illusion that supporting these businesses is assisting with elephant conservation. This is not the case. The truth is that most of these elephants suffer with serious foot problems, abscesses and debilitating conditions like blindness and leg injuries. Many have also tested positive for TB. Additionally, most of these elephants were caught in the wild and sold into a life of captivity. American travelers who are traveling to this part of the world need to know about what is happening so they do not inadvertently support this with their money. We ask that you put out a travel advisory notifying citizens of the plight of the Asian Elephant and what they need to do to do their part to protect this species.
Ban Elephants from India's Roadways
Lakshmi died tragically when a truck crashed into her. Sadly, many elephants are killed and suffer a painful death every year in India in road accidents. This happens because elephants, although large in size, are hard to spot by drivers because of their gray colour. This is especially true at night when elephants are walking through fog on poorly lit roads. At night is when a lot of elephant trafficking and smuggling occurs. In order to go undetected from authorities, elephants without ownership documents are walked across state borders to evade enforcement authorities under the cover of darkness. This is also when fatal accidents occur resulting in dead elephants. Countless elephants succumb to this painful death every year. Many more are hit on the roads by truck and automobiles. They receive traumatic injuries that they will never recover from. Delhi and Mumbai have taken action to ban elephants in their cities. It is time that other states implement similar laws that protect both elephants and drivers. Demand that the government take action and ban elephants from walking on India’s streets. Your signature will help prevent elephants like Lakshmi from an untimely and agonizing death.
End the private ownership of elephants
Currently, there are approximately 2500 elephants in India that are help in captivity by private owners. Most of these elephants are poorly cared for and suffer from blindness, severe foot problems, abscesses and crippling physical injuries. Many of these elephants are also geriatric or over the age of 50, yet are still required to work. The vast majority of these elephants were born in the wild and were captured, only to live out their lives toiling in an urban environment. Elephants are very strong and usually end up being restrained by heavy chains. They are also highly intelligent and very emotional animals and develop serious psychological problems from being forced to live in captivity. This is often expressed with head bobbing and continuous swaying. Eliminating private ownership of elephants will help prevent elephants from being caught in the wild and then sold into captivity. It will also stop the fraudulent selling of elephants between individuals that happens on a regular basis. Asian elephants are endangered, now more then ever before they need our protection. Please take action now to protect the remaining wild elephants and to ensure that elephants do not suffer in captivity.
Retire all of India's captive blind elephants!
India is home to more than 2,500 captive working elephants. An estimated 20%+ of these are blind in one or both eyes. It’s long past time to retire these elephants and give them the compassionate care, medical treatment and rehabilitation they deserve! Blind elephants have a unique problem that should preclude them from being worked and exploited. The fact that they can’t see means that every step they take is perilous. They could fall into a pothole, collide with a motor vehicle, and/or step onto sharp objects like glass or nails. Swinging their trunk could result in hitting people or objects that they can not see. This can result in trauma to the nerves and muscles of the trunk, causing paralysis and other serious injuries. Vision is essential for navigating roads, carrying people, and working events like weddings and festivals. It is both cruel to blind elephants and hazardous to the public to have these animals forced to work in these conditions. It doesn’t have to be this way! India has strong laws to protect elephants. Retiring these elephants is not only the right ethical decision to make, but also, according to the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972, it is the action that should be taken according to existing laws. These elephants should be retired and given a life where they are pampered and cared for. There is a precedent for this. Eight blind elephants (Lakhi, Bhola, Karma, Suzy, Holly, Karma, Arya and most recently, Nina) have been sent to Wildlife SOS to receive ongoing medical treatment. It is estimated that in India hundreds of elephants are blind and forced to work in hazardous situations. It is time that the government take action and move these elephants into retirement where they can receive the care they both need and deserve. Demand action now, and be sure to subscribe for updates!
Free Nina, the blind and injured geriatric elephant!
Ever since Nina was captured in the wild as a baby, she has spent her life as a begging elephant on the streets. Now, after 6 decades, forced to work by the stab of a bullhook, she struggles, blind in both eyes, severely malnourished, with painful arthritis and fused joints in both her frail legs. But the work never stops, day and night. This poor geriatric elephant rarely gets a rest. It’s time for Nina, a name which means “full of grace” in Hindi, to be retired and sent to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital Campus where she can receive the medical care and rest she desperately needs. Please ask the Indian government to retire Nina and send her to the Wildlife SOS Elephant Hospital, and also facilitate the retirement of all blind and elderly elephants. These elephants deserve medical attention, rest and compassionate care, not a life of malnourishment and neglect. Please support Nina's rescue here To get updates about Nina's rescue, please opt-in or visit subscribe.wildlifesos.org
Ban the trade in elephants skins!
Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Martha Williams, Principal Deputy Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Disturbingly, the sale of elephant skins is growing around the world, especially in the United States. What’s even more shocking is that this sale is legal. While international agreements ban the trade of elephant Ivory, they do not ban the trade of elephant skins and other body parts. We think this is preposterous, and we’re sure you do, too. Elephant skins are used to make everything from wallets and purses, to gun holsters and boots. It is an abomination that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) has not made the trade in all elephant body parts illegal. Left unchecked, this trade will continue to threaten the existence of all elephants, particularly Asian elephants. The United States can lead the way for the protection of endangered wild elephant populations. As world leaders, Secretary Haaland and Deputy Director Williams are in positions to force CITES to ban the trade of ALL elephant body parts, not just ivory. They can also ban the import of all elephant body parts into the United States, greatly impacting the demand for elephant skins. Please ask Secretary Haaland and Deputy Director Williams to act now! Your signature will help stop the international trade of elephant skin and save the remaining Asian elephants! And please be sure to subscribe to Wildlife SOS email by checking the box on the right, or visiting subscribe.wildlifesos.org
End the outrageous use of bombs concealed in fruit that kill elephants in India
WILDLIFE SOS OFFICIAL PETITION - Call to end the outrageous use of crude bombs concealed in fruit that kill elephants! If you love elephants, you've probably heard about the tragic and senseless killing of a pregnant wild elephant in Kerala, India. This beautiful 15 year old elephant was experiencing her first pregnancy when she left the Silent Valley National Park in search of food. The hungry expecting-mother was likely excited when she smelled the delicious ripe pineapple. When she tried to take a bite, the crude "country bomb" exploded inside her mouth, shattering her jaw and causing mortal injuries to her mouth, tongue and sensitive trunk, leaving her in senseless pain. In agony, she walked around for days, unable to eat because of her injuries. She eventually went to a river looking for relief from the excruciating pain, where she slowly sunk to her watery grave. As an elephant lover, I don't have to remind you this is unacceptable. We're outraged, and we must take effective action! We MUST stop the appalling and illegal use of these explosive indiscriminate killers! Demand a full investigation of the crime and prosecute those responsible. Enforce laws banning the use of explosives to control wildlife conflict. Stop the sale and purchase of materials used in the creation of locally-made explosives and home-made bombs. Encourage awareness and education of humane methods to manage human-wildlife conflict, instead of ruthless revenge-killings. Crude "country bombs" are inserted inside fruits like water melons, papayas, and pineapples then left near fields by local farmers in rural areas to control wild boar that eat their crops. The practice is illegal! The explosives indiscriminately kill other wildlife like bears, elephants and even people. The choice of juicy ripe pineapples helps mask the smell of gunpowder, but it is particularly alluring to elephants and bears. Wildlife SOS is offering ₹ 100,000 Rs for information that results in the conviction of this elephant's killer! Take action now! Demand a full investigation and ongoing enforcement! Learn more about Wildlife SOS