On March 21, 2006, ten endangered wild Sumatran elephants were found by the World Wildlife Fund chained to trees without food or water in central Riau, Indonesia. They had been captured after feeding on the crops of a nearby village. WWF has since provided food, water and emergency medical care to the elephants, but their fate remains uncertain.
Only three weeks earlier, six other elephants had been found dead in an illegal oil palm plantation in Riau, apparently poisoned in retaliation for feeding in the plantation.
These are the latest casualties in the escalating conflict between elephants and humans in central Sumatra, the direct result of uncontrolled and often illegal destruction of the elephants' forest habitat usually for oil palm and pulp.
Human-elephant conflict can be avoided if elephants are given enough room to live and if any conflict is professionally dealt with. Sadly, this is not happening in Riau.
Sign the petition to the Indonesian authorities. This is essential not just for Sumatra's elephants but also to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of the communities living alongside them.