Event in Parliament for Asian Elephants – Jun 2023

Sangita Iyer and Henry Smith at the Parliament event for Asian elephants.

On 19 June 2023 the Action for Elephants team was pleased to work with Sangita Iyer and Henry Smith MP in setting up an audience in Parliament to highlight the crisis facing elephants in India.

Animal rights champion Henry Smith sponsored the event in Westminster and invited renowned elephant conservationist, award-winning wildlife filmmaker, and founder of Voices for Asian Elephants, Sangita Iyer, who spoke to MPs and Lords about the alarming number of elephant deaths in a presentation to Parliament.

More than 85 prominent people, including members of the House of Lords and House of Commons, along with celebrities including William Shatner, Rula Lenska, and Peter Egan, signed a letter urging Indian Prime Minister Modi to do everything possible to control human-elephant conflict and prevent the extinction of the gravely endangered Asian elephants, India’s heritage animal. 

Ms. Iyer is now in discussions with other world leaders to make similar presentations in hopes of garnering their support and adding to the international chorus urging action from PM Modi.

Maria Mossman and Joanne Smith of AFE