A few years ago, my dog Fionula’s veterinarian, Dr. Amy Attas, invited me to a lecture with the Wildlife Conservation Society on elephant poaching and the ivory trade. I was absolutely blown away to learn that 96 elephants are killed in Africa every day for their ivory. Even more surprising, New York City was one of the top ivory markets in the world, right up there with Beijing. I had always loved elephants, particularly after taking a safari in South Africa and seeing them in their natural habitat. They are incredible creatures and I felt a strong need to be involved. I started working with the Wildlife Conservation Society as an ambassador for their 96 Elephants organization. Together, we worked with Governor Andrew Cuomo to pass legislation to ban the sale of ivory in the state of New York. Since then, many states have followed. There is still so much that needs to be done to stop this massacre and time is running out. Just last week, a bust was made in Manhattan of $4.5million worth of illegal ivory at an antique store. Within a decade, we could see African elephants disappear completely from our planet. Please sign the petition on www.96elephants.org to support the Multinational Species Conservation Funds and make a donation if you can.
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MEET | KATIE LEE
Featured 10.17-10.23 | Don't let the sweet Southern drawl or disarming smile fool you — Katie Lee is a force to be reckoned with in (and out of) the kitchen. She's been cooking since she could talk, learning true Southern recipes (not to mention hospitality) from her grandparents, and has turned her talent into serious business. She's written three cookbooks (oh, and a novel!), is a host of two successful foodie shows (The Kitchen and Beach Bites), has a warmth and grace about her that puts her at the top of everyone's must-invite lists, and she's a badass surfer chick to boot. Yep. She's the whole package.
Welcome to Katie's Week.