Often, to make a change, we need to start at the legal system. We need to get a bill passed for the cause. In India – and internationally – dealing in ivory was made illegal years ago. And yet today, our elephants are hunted and poached to the point of endangerment – in India, the rest of Asia and in Africa. The legal system has failed to protect the pachyderms.
What can we do in such a situation? Come together for the cause, of course! And trumpet it far and wide, if you’ll pardon the pun. We keep the fight on to protect the innocent. The state of New York is doing just that. They are working towards a bill to ban the import of ivory products and trade within the state. And they have celebrities lending their voice to it too.
Musician Billy Joel has remarked that though he is a pianist who requires a piano that often has keys made of ivory, there are more humane alternatives. Music is not more important than innocent lives.
The multiple-award winning actress Meryl Streep too has offered her support to the cause in a letter to the New York state governor, urging for the bill to be passed.
With celebrities using their fame to further a cause, and a government working towards a better world, the hope lives on that elephants will soon be off the endangered list and will thrive in their natural habitat.