We look forward to the confirmation of this request for an urgent meeting so that we can facilitate an urgent discussion with the Honourable Minister, her advisors and the PREN elephant scientists and experts.

The elephant experts and scientist who would give of their time to participate in the meeting with the Honourable Minister are:

Dr Marion E. Garai, Elephant Behaviour Specialist, Elephant Reintegration Trust,South Africa

Professor David Bilchitz, Director, Animal Law Reform South Africa, Director South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public and Human Rights and International Law, South Africa

Dr Brett Bard, Veterinarian, South Africa

Michele Franko, Senior Research Associate, Elephant Care and Wellbeing at the Kerulos Centre for Non-Violence, United States of America

Professor Bonita Meyersfeld, Director of Animal Law Reform

Dr Keith Lindsay, Conservation Biologist, Kenya

Chief Stephen Fritz, Chief of the South Peninsula Khoi Council, South Africa

Brett Mitchell, Chairman of the Elephant Reintegration Trust, South Africa

Dr Mark Jones, Veterinarian, Born Free Foundation, United Kingdom

The request for this important meeting is supported by the following members of the Pro Elephant Network:

Owais Awan, Environmental Lawyer, Islamabad

Suparna Baksi-Ganguly, President and Founder, Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre, Bangalore, India

Dr Jessica Bell Rizzolo, Postdoctoral Researcher, the Conservation Criminology Lab, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University

Dr Gay Bradshaw, Director, Kerulos Center for Nonviolence – USA

Lenin Chisaira, Founder, Advocates 4 Earth – Green Law Connect, Zimbabwe

Dr Betsy Coville, Wildlife Veterinarian – USA

Nomusa Dube, Founder, Zimbabwe Elephant Foundation

Stefania Falcon, Co-Founder, Future 4 Wildlife, South Africa

Rachel Harris, Managing Director, Elephant Human Relationship Aid, Namibia

Dr Ross Harvey, Environmental Economist, South Africa

Lenine Chisaira, Founder, Conservation Kenya

Alok Hissarwala Gupta, Elephant Specialist, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organizations

Iris Ho, Senior Wildlife Specialist, The Humane Society International

Peter Hodgskin, Founder, Hands-off Fernkloof, South Africa

Dr Paula Kahumbu, Founder and CEO WildlifeDirect, Kenya

Professor Mohan Kharel, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal

Nuria Maldonado, Ecologist, Environmental Science, Max Plank Institute

Jim Karani, Advocate, Lawyers for Animal Protection in Africa

Dr Winnie Kiiru, Founder Conservation Kenya

Rob Laidlaw, Executive Director, Zoocheck Canada

Kahindi Lekalhaile, Africa Network for Animal Welfare, Kenya

Dr Smaragda Louw, Director Ban Animal Trading

Giorgio Lombardi, Warden Vogelgat Private Nature Reserve, South Africa

Linda Masudze, Advocate 4 Earth, Zimbabwe

Varda Mehrotra, Executive Director, Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations

Mary Morrison, Advocate, WildlifeDirect Kenya

Sharon Pincott, Elephant Behavioural Specialist, ex-Hwange, Zimbabwe

Michele Pickover, Director EMS Foundation, South Africa

Dr Yolanda Pretorius, SA Wildlife College, Elephant Behavioural Specialist, South Africa

Ingo Schmidinger, Elephant Husbandry, iScapes, Europe

Dr Jan Schmidt-Burbach, Vetertinarian, head of Wildlife Research and Animal Welfare, World Animal Protection International

Antoinette van der Water, Director, Bring the Elephant home, South Africa

Professor Dan Wylie, Rhodes University, South Africa

Amy P. Wilson, Director Animal Law Reform South Africa

Julie Woodyer, Director Zoocheck Cananda

Yours faithfully,

Megan Carr, Founder Rhinos in Africa Pro Elephant Network

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