Location: Established in Los Angeles, California, with representatives in New York, the Netherlands, UK and Italy.
Founded: By Andrea Crosta and 3 others in 2012.
Species: With a focus on wildlife crime and wildlife trafficking in Africa and Asia, EAL work with African elephants and Asian elephants and rhinos amongst other animals. The projects and the activities that they support have an impact on many other species such as lions, leopards, chimpanzees and pangolins.
Description: Elephant Action Leagues mission is to fight elephant exploitation and wildlife crime. Guided by their Mission they support and/or launch specific, concrete projects in Africa and Asia, such as anti-trafficking & anti-poaching activities, training for rangers/law enforcement, investigations on wildlife trafficking and human-elephant conflict (HEC) mitigation, all activities that are beneficial to both elephant/wildlife and people.
EAL develops and launches creative, strong global communication campaigns in order to re-position elephant and wildlife exploitation in the public’s mind and to pressure consumers of ivory, rhino horn and other wildlife products. At the beginning of 2013 EAL was the first organization to start a discussion around what is called The Human Toll of the Ivory Trade.
Finally EAL is also active at CITES. As Observers at the CITES meetings, the Elephant Action League reviews the proposals under consideration by the Parties and, often together with other international organizations, takes positions, makes recommendations and engages the media.
Elephant Action League have partnerships with several organizations/individuals. Among the most important projects they have:
Communication and awareness: Elephant Action League recently launched ITALIA CRUSH IVORY, a campaign to destroy the ivory stockpile in Italy.
In February 2014, EAL founded Wildleaks.org in collaboration with other NGOs and individuals. Wildleaks.org is the first, secure online platform for wildlife crime whistleblowers.
Finally, in collaboration with another organization (Maisha Consulting), the Elephant Action League team undertook the first comprehensive investigation on ivory and terrorism, discovering the link between the Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab and the ivory trade in Kenya.
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How to help
You can help support the different projects that Elephant Action League work on by donating directly to them via Paypal.