How You Can Help Ellen Stand Up For Elephants In Light Of Trump's Latest Policy Change

She's launched the #BeKindToElephants campaign.

Ellen DeGeneres is always telling her viewers to "be kind to one another," and now she's asking them to be kind to elephants

The talk show host spoke out on Thursday against the news that President Donald Trump has reversed an Obama-era ban on importing elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia, a decision that has outraged many. As the Huffington Post points out, the 2016 Great Elephant Census found that the Savanna elephant population fell 30 percent from 2007 to 2014.


"So basically, by lifting this ban, he's encouraging Americans to kill elephants," DeGeneres said of Trump's decision in a video shared Thursday. She went on to share why she loves elephants so much, citing their "compassion, sympathy, social intelligence, self-awareness ... all the things I have yet to see in this president."

"I am determined to do something about this," the host said, showing an image of an elephant surrounded by a heart and the word "love." DeGeneres asked her fans to retweet and repost the image with the hashtag #BeKindToElephants, promising to make a donation to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust for everyone who does.

According to its website, the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust is "the most successful orphan-elephant rescue and rehabilitation program in the world." It was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick, in memory of her husband, naturalist David Sheldrick. 

DeGeneres' tweet for the #BeKindToElephants campaign has already received more than 80,000 retweets since Thursday night. The DSWT thanked DeGeneres on Twitter "for shining a spotlight on elephants and choosing to give back to them via our lifesaving work."

Watch DeGeneres speak about elephants in the video below:


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