Elephants across the world, in Africa and Asia, desperately need our help to avoid extinction. But there are also elephants in trouble even closer to home. These are the elephants trapped in inhumane captivity, forced to perform for our “entertainment” despite the tolls it takes on their physical and mental health.
These are the elephants whose misery many Americans just don’t want to see or acknowledge. And it takes a brave and passionate kind of person to take a stand for them.
Michelle Weirich is one of those committed few who won’t stay silent when elephants are in pain. Hailing from Pennsylvania, Michelle has been tirelessly advocating for all elephants, including captive elephants, for many years. She’s one of the primary forces leading the charge to free Nosey the elephant, a circus elephant who’s been held in solitary confinement and suffered abuse from her “trainers” for more than 30 years.
Anyone who’s met Michelle knows that she’ll never stop fighting for elephants, whether its captive elephants like Nosey or working to end the ivory trade worldwide — another fierce passion of hers. She inspires us all.
And yes… Michelle will be marching this year in the Third Annual International March for Elephants!
Read more about Michelle and why she’ll be marching in her own words, below:
1. What motivates you to march for elephants?
I march to bring awareness to the public about the cruel and barbaric ivory trade. The more I learn about elephants the more I feel compelled to inform people that these amazing animals are being slaughtered for nothing more than fancy trinkets.
I love elephants because, though they are massive creatures, they are sensitive and gentle beings. I love that they care for each other, they protect their young, and even mourn their dead.
These beautiful animals cannot speak for themselves. We must march together and raise our collective voice demanding a stop to their slaughter.
2. What’s your favorite part about the International March for Elephants?
This will be my third march. My favorite part of this annual event is being surrounded by other dedicated people who care as much as I do about stopping the brutal killing of elephants.
After the march, we gather for a rally to listen to speakers who inspire me and give me hope that by working together we will make a difference.
3. Why do we need a march in Washington, DC?
We need to march in Washington because we must show our government that we care about the plight of elephants. We must demand they act to stop the slaughter before it is too late and the last wild elephant is killed for an ivory carving.
4. How can people make a difference for elephants?
Ordinary people can help with our cause by learning about the real cost of ivory. Moms and dads can teach their children that elephants, and all living creatures, have a right to live in peace and not be slaughtered for a decoration.
Thank you Michelle for being a voice for elephants!
Join Michelle — and countless others who care about preventing elephant extinction — in Washington, DC on Sunday, October 4 at the Third Annual International March for Elephants! We look forward to seeing you there.
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P.P.S. You can help us meet our fundraising goal to buy the supplies and equipment for our march — and get a bumper sticker, t-shirt or art print — by donating here. Can you pitch in a few dollars? We are very close to reaching $2,500 raised. Thank you!