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Religious Fervor Drives Elephant Slaughter

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The legal ivory trade is failing to protect elephants which are being slaughtered en mass across the African continent to meet demand for religious trinkets, argues a new investigative report

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Cher C (1429)
Friday September 14, 2012, 6:16 pm

Thnx hun!


Patrick Donovan (344)
Friday September 14, 2012, 6:47 pm
Nothing a religion does surprises me any more. The Christians have been butchering people for centuries, why should any other religion stop butchering animals.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 12:13 am
OMG!!! This "FLAW"..IS EXACTLY, WHAT OUR CARE2 FRIEND JILL, LET ALL OF US KNOW ABOUT OVER A YEAR AGO!!!.when she was posting every article she could find on the subject..and so many of all of you were discussing......Okay, folks....TIME TO REACTIVATE, MAKE THOSE LOGICAL PETITIONS ON THIS ISSUE, ALL OF YOU COMPUTER SAVVY PEOPLE...SEND AND WE WILL SIGN AND FORWARD!!!...THIS IS CARE2 AND YOU AND i , DO NOT GIVE UP!!! Please and thankyou!
(Jill, I am forwarding this to you and thankyou Cal for posting!!)

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 2:09 am
Noted, thank you.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 2:40 am
nteresting, you think someone basing a story on an article in the National Geographic would at least highlight the problems raised in the article, or replant the revised article. Why put Catholic consumers first if China is the biggest consumer (ie, if the Buddhist objects have the greatest demand why highlight Filipino consumption). Otherwise, interesting article.

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 3:03 am

Veronique L (209)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 4:45 am
Sadly noted...

Past Member (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 4:57 am
Religion, as opposed to spirituality, ruins all life.... not just human life.

Mari 's (1356)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 5:26 am
Where are the postings Shelly above is talking about? This is horrible and it started happening over a year ago and it's not being exposed until now?

donnaa D (14)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 5:58 am
we need to put in place a strong petition AGAIN!!!, we need to make our voices heard, and shame them into policing the areas where elephants congregate.


Jill Vickerman (416)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:06 am
It is just getting worse and worse I think. in some countries Elephants are just seen as a quick buck, tusks and meat.

Sandi C (98)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:52 am
I don't have anything made out of ivory.

Elizabeth Pugliese (8)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 7:34 am
Really, I get there is a humanitarian crisis going on all over Africa so there might not be the resources. But how hard can it be to stop these folks? It's not like it can be that easy to hide an elephant you just killed.

paula eaton (30)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 8:15 am
Humans are killing in the name of religion once again. Humans are not as civilized or advanced as we think we are. We are the only animal that does this insanity.

Brenda Towers (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 10:34 am
The worship of GREED!

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 10:48 am

Cynthia Davis (340)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 11:50 am
Religions should not need symbols in the keeping of their faith, but they all seem to have to have them. Another reason why I think religion is nothing more then a tool to keep people in line.

Vicky P (476)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 2:25 pm
not sure about religion, in China, endangered animals are popular for their fake medicine, and as far as I know China isn't religious

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 3:32 pm
The legal ivory trade is failing to protect elephants which are being slaughtered en mass across the African continent to meet demand for religious trinkets, argues a new investigative report published in National Geographic by Bryan Christy.

The report, researched and written over a three year period, looked at supply and demand the elephant ivory market. It found that substantial quantities of ivory is being used to make religious trinkets including "ivory baby Jesuses and saints for Catholics in the Philippines, Islamic prayer beads for Muslims and Coptic crosses for Christians in Egypt, amulets and carvings for Buddhists in Thailand, and in China—the world's biggest ivory-consumer country—elaborate Buddhist and Taoist carvings for investors," according to a post on National Geographic News.

Ivory is coming primarily from the black market. The cost for elephants is high: a conservative estimate puts the slaughter at 25,000 elephants in 2011 alone.

The article argues that decisions made by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the organization that sets policies to regulate trade in wildlife products, have played a critical role in facilitating elephant ivory trafficking. Specifically, one-off ivory sales sanctioned by CITES have buoyed demand for ivory products and confused the marketplace into the legality of elephant ivory.

The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), a group that campaigns against the elephant ivory trade, says Blood Ivory reveals the "enormity and extent of the illegal international trade in ivory" and shows that "the CITES ivory-trading mechanism is profoundly flawed, empirically unsupportable and has itself become a major driver of poaching and the illegal international trade in ivory." The group is calling for a re-evaluation of CITES' policies.
Catholics, Coptics, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists -- seems MANY religions are Equal-Opportunity Exterminators.

Elephant parts and elephant ivory, so far as I know, are not used in Traditional Medicines.
And this is an article about IVORY and ELEPHANTS.

Pretty easy to" hide an elephant you just killed' if you're deep in the forest away from other people, except other poachers...

Terry V (30)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 3:43 pm

We are MURDERING our planet

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 3:55 pm
Elephant poachers are ARMED and DANGEROUS.
In the past few years, SEVERAL brave and heroic Game Wardens have been KILLED by poachers - who are NEVER CAUGHT.
It is ILLEGAL to hunt Elephants -- that is why the trade involves POACHERS who operate COMPLETELY IN DEFIANCE OF THE LAW.
However, in some places, it is NOT ILLEGAL to SELL ITEMS MADE OF IVORY.
Obviously, the Poaching and the Trade in Ivory, are DRIVEN BY PROFITS.

TWO things can be done:
One is, to INCREASE THE NUMBER OF GAME WARDENS, and institute efficient systems of SURVEILLANCE. There are FAR TOO FEW GAME WARDENS, in ALL countries, for the large areas to be covered. In the midst of Wars and Economic Hardship, the money for that has to come from SOMEWHERE!
As well as the RAW COURAGE and the WILL...

The other thing is, TO STOP CONSUMERS BUYING IVORY GOODS. To dry up the DEMAND, and thus the BIG PROFITS, of this "Industry".
Many countries DO have such a ban. That is why The Philippines and Catholics there were mentioned. Apparently, either the Philippines DON'T HAVE such a ban, or, it is NOT BEING ENFORCED. So Catholics can buy ivory trinkets UNRESTRAINED.
If the Catholic Church were to stop worrying about fighting against Gay Marriage for a moment, and start thinking about ELEPHANTS, they could DO SOMETHING to "enlighten" their constituents.... but that probably ain't gonna happen... same with the other religions, of course, ain't gonna be made a SIN to buy Endangered Ivory crosses, etc., like it SHOULD be...

The United Nations could pass laws against the Ivory Trade. But such laws would remain TOOTHLESS, unless POACHING WAS STOPPED, BY MILITARY FORCE IF THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES;
With NO EXCEPTIONS. {Such as CITES policy makes.}
A BIG order!!!

The POINT of the article, is, that CITES "compromises", PARTLY allowing the Ivory Trade, have FAILED...

samantha l (0)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 4:15 pm

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 4:35 pm
Asian medicine, religious insanity, whatever "reason" is given, it's all wrong and sick and needs to be stopped. Stop the killing! We need elephants to live, we need all the animals to live, they deserve to have a life just as much as we do!

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 5:35 pm
animals are being killed for bs religion, bs medicine, it's all just bs & instead of putting everything in little boxes & labeling them saying who's killing what, bottom line is the animals are suffering & dying because we're not doing enough to stop it. it's never going to be enough, not in my lifetime.

Laurie S (73)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 6:01 pm
Call it anything you want, but the bottom line is that it is always about money or power!!! Very sad

Christine Stewart (134)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 9:16 pm
Tagua nuts can be carved to look exactly like ivory- smooth, hard and beautifully ivory colored. Save the elephants, use the beautiful tagua nut!

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday September 15, 2012, 11:22 pm
BMutinY!! You last sentance in the last comment..IS EXACTLY RIGHT!!!..and IS THE POINT!!!..and last year when Jill and Cal were posting so many articles on this subject, this is the point everyone was discussing, debating and praying for...including an overwhelming..."WELL..i JUST DON'T KNOW, BUT i AM OUT OF IDEAS..ALL WE CAN DO IS SEE IF THIS WORKKS..."..was what most of us agreed on, because it hurts our very souls, each of us, as we want to help...and by not letting the issue die, there is still always hope!!!.......
I also remember an article that, that either Cal or Jill might have posted....about the use of "drones", to fly over head and help spot and film the poachers, to bring them to justice and HEAVILY INCREASE THE RANGERS EFFECTIVENESS TO PREVENT THE POACHERS FROM REACHING THEIR TARGETS!!!
Cal & Jill, you are so good at this research, which article was this...the people where even looking for donations to buy more drones to be used for surveilance..and the 3rd hope was, that the forests and jungles under surveilance would "scare" the poachers away....and because the drones are so quiet, they didnot disturb the "jungle" too do WE bug the animals a little in order to save their lives...ANSWER, "YES!!!"


Alexandra Rodda (180)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 6:20 am
I wonder what God's attitude would be to see his beautiful, noble Elephant children slaughtered for religious trinkets. People are really ignorant and brutal.

Carol H (229)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 8:01 am
sadly noted

James Merit (144)
Sunday September 16, 2012, 3:43 pm

. (0)
Monday September 17, 2012, 8:42 am
Noted, so sad - ty Cal
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