Sir Paul McCartney is auctioning off one of his guitars to save elephants.
The music legend chose the appropriate World Elephant Day to announce an autographed Martin D-28 is available to the highest bidder online.
McCartney also wrote “This Guitar Saves Elephants” on the left-handed guitar donated by Martin Guitar, the founding sponsor of The Nature Conservancy’s #SaveElephants initiative.
“The Martin Guitar Company has been concerned about the African Elephant ivory poaching for over 45 years. We believe that everyone can make a difference to help save these magnificent animals,” said Amani Duncan, vice president of Brand Marketing for Martin Guitar. “We are thrilled the proceeds raised will continue to fund the critical work of those brave souls on the front lines working every day to make a difference.”
The money will be used to protect the animals on the ground, giving them more security from poachers.
“To have Sir Paul’s support and working with Martin Guitar is a real honor,” said David Banks, Managing Director for the Africa Program and The Nature Conservancy. “This caliber of collaboration will make a difference to help end the worst poaching crisis in history.”
It is estimated 35,000 elephants were killed last year alone for their tusks.
McCartney, who is also a passionate vegetarian, has supported animals for years. He wrote to the Indian Forest Minister in 2012 to free a captive performing elephant and bought an 87 acre property in England to protect wild deer from hunters.
You can bid on McCartney’s guitar on the Nature Conservancy website. If it’s a little too much for your bank account, however, you can still help elephants by signing up for the organization’s newsletter free of charge or by making a smaller donation.
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