Ricky Gervais speaks out on 'heartbreaking' threat to elephant population in Africa

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Ricky Gervais and elephant

The comedian is keen to protect the African mammal (Pic: Getty)

Ahead of World Elephant Day on Monday, the comedian has teamed up with “Animal Defenders International” to call for more protection for elephants. 

The comedian cited proposals to expand trade in elephants, with US zoos set to import baby elephants from Zimbabwe as particular concerns. 

Speaking of the issue, he said: “I cannot imagine what Africa would be like without its elephants, but this could become a reality if those with power fail to act.” 

Elephants

The large mammal is under threat (Pic: Getty)

The African elephant population has fallen by more than 50% in the last 40 years, as poaching and habitat loss take their toll.

Fewer than 350,000 savannah elephants and 100,000 forest elephants remain. 

A new proposal at a forthcoming wildlife international trade (CITES) meeting is set to endanger the large mammals even furhter.  

Proposal 11 would permit international commercial trade in elephant ivory, and live animals from selected African countries that includes South Africa. 

Elephants

Poaching is proving a huge threat to elephants (Pic: Getty)

Jan Creamer, the President of Animal Defenders International is particularly concerned about the meeting: “The fate of elephants inn Africa is in the hands of those who do not see the families being ripped apart.

“The suffering and slaughter still happens, and governments worldwide must step up and stop the trade in elephant babies and body parts before the clock runs out.”

The ADI are also seeking to put forward proposals to protect lions, rhinos, giraffes and jaguars.

And Mr Gervais was keen to share the issues with his followers on twitter.

Alongside retweeting posts explaining the horrors, he was quick to reply to certain emotive related tweets with phrases such as “heartbreaking.”

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