Dear First Lady Melania Trump,
I wanted to thank you for coming to visit
me and my friends at the David Sheldrick
Wildlife Trust elephant orphanage
. We love when we get visitors, especially famous ones because we know they will help spread the message about why we are there in the first place, and hopefully, do something to stop it.
As you know, each and every one of us elephant calves who call the orphanage home do so because we lost our parents. Our fathers and mothers were killed by poachers.
They shot them, or poisoned them and then butchered them for their ivory. This is illegal, but it still happens A LOT. In fact, according to recent estimates, nearly 100 elephants are killed every day
. That means more and more orphans will be coming here.
Elephants like people have strong family groups. We need our mothers and fathers to learn what it is to be an elephant. Our parents teach us useful lessons throughout our childhood that we will then teach to ours, but we can't do that if governments don't work to stop poaching or the "legal" hunting that some nations allow in the name of conservation.
I hope you enjoyed meeting me and my fellow orphaned elephants as much as we loved meeting you. We hope that by coming here you will care more about our story and do everything you can to bring an end to the killing of our mothers and fathers.
In fact, there's one thing you can do right now. After promising to protect us, your husband, President Donald Trump, has made it easier for trophy hunters to import elephant parts back to the United States.
Elephants from six countries around Africa are now more in more danger because hunters have the green light to kill us and import our body parts.
Please tell him to change this policy and reinstate the ban on elephant trophies in the U.S. We need every bit of support we can get to stop our species from going extinct — and you and your husband can help.
Care2 readers, if you agree that First Lady Melania Trump should tell her husband to reinstate the ban, please sign. It's time to protect elephants like me, not kill us.
Tiny the Elephant (the one that knocked you over)