The Terminator declares war on ivory poachers

Arnold Schwarzenegger ha aderito alla campagna anti-bracconaggio “96 elephants” della Wildlife Conservation Society.

“Let’s get rid of the demand of ivory once and for all,” says Arnold Schwarzenegger. He then presses a detonator, exploding a tusk.


NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 15:  Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger attends "Escape Plan" New York Premiere at Regal E-Walk on October 15, 2013 in New York City.  (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
Arnold Schwarzenegger (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)


It is not an action movie, but a campaign against poaching and ivory trade. Schwarzenegger, movie star and former California governor, has lent his face to the 96 elephants campaign of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), which aims to draw the attention on the massacre of African elephants (Loxodonta africana) that is putting the species on the brink of extinction.


The name of the initiative is due to a dramatic figure: in 2013, 96 elephants have been killed each day in Africa. The campaign aims to support laws against poaching, increase animal protection and raise the awareness of the public, shedding a light on the link between the purchase of ivory and the massacre of elephants.

The WCS is “hopeful that his global following of fans will become allies to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand of ivory,” said John Calvelli, the campaign director.


So far, over 42 tonnes of illegal ivory have been destroyed in 2015 alone. The ivory was seized in China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and United States.


African elephant (Loxodonta africana)


Although ivory trade has been declared illegal in 1989, elephants continue to be killed for their tusks and could go extinct in less than 30 years. However, elephants have now a precious ally. “Watch out ivory poachers, now you got the Terminator mad”.

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