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Ever since reading Jeffrey Masson's book When Elephants Weep 18 years ago, I have felt a special kinship with elephants. A few weeks back, I heard on the news that 11 elephants had been slaughtered for their ivory. Then I began hearing more and more: in 2012, 32,000 elephants were slaughtered for their ivory. It is with deep and heartfelt gratitude that I say to Andrea "Thank you soo much for your work!" I know the problem is complex, and figuring out how to address the issues of poverty in Africa may be a step in the longterm protection of elephants. This was beautiful!! I love the elephants even more. What can we do besides signing petitions and praying?