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Letter: Yard Sale to Help the Elephants

To the Editor:

Have you ever bought a trinket made of elephant ivory or played an old piano or violin? If so, an elephant died for your pleasure. Ninety-six elephants, on average, are killed each day by poachers who hack off their heads, and tusks. The elephants are living in fear. “If we do not act, we will have to shamefully admit to our children that we stood by as elephants are driven out of existence,” stated Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Last year 35,000 elephants, or 8 percent of the population, were slaughtered for their ivory. Fighting this ongoing battle to save the elephants is urgent and will need a global effort. Rangers are putting their lives in danger to prevent this killing. The only thing that stands between the elephants and extinction are rangers and time. We can make a difference by supporting these rangers and programs whose goal is to protect the elephants.

Our activity group at the Lyme School is having a yard sale to support this effort. The yard sale will be at the Lyme School on May 10, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. We are looking for donations that will fetch a good price. Donations can be dropped off at the Lyme School (on the north porch) on May 9, anytime between 8 a.m. amd 5 p.m., and on May 10, between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. If you are unable to contribute or attend the sale, we ask you to consider a donation to the Wildlife Conservation Society ( www.wildlifeconservationsociety.org). Please, take a stand in the defense of elephants. Remember, ivory products come at a cost. Elephants are not trinkets!

Greta Bolinger and Maeve Goodrich

Lyme School Seventh-Graders