Actor and former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, aka The Terminator, wants to help save African elephants from poaching in a new video, according to an AP report in USNews.
He’s putting his name, skills and acting reputation to use in front of the camera in a U.S. Wildlife Conservation Society video that is part of the 96 Elephants campaign.
In the video, released today, Schwarzenegger stands in front of a military tank and presses a detonator, blowing up an elephant tusk donated by the Los Angeles Zoo.
“Let’s get rid of the demand once and for all,” Schwarzenegger says in the video. You can watch a clip of it here.
The 96 Elephants campaign was created to draw attention to 96 elephants killed every day in Africa. They satisfy the ever-growing demand for ivory, particularly in China and Vietnam, but also in the U.S., Europe and worldwide.
“We are extremely grateful Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the 96 Elephants campaign,” said campaign director John Covelli. “We are hopeful that his global following of fans will become allies to stop the killing, stop the trafficking, and stop the demand for ivory.”
The number of elephants in Africa fell from 1.2 million in 1980 to less than 420,000 in 2012. In 2012, 35,000 were elephants were killed by poachers.
More than 42 tons of illegal ivory have been destroyed this year in eight countries including China, the U.S. and several African countries, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which is based at New York’s Bronx Zoo.
In September, the U.S. and China agreed to work toward nearly complete bans on the ivory trade, according to the AP.
This article originally appeared in AFKTravel.
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