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Butchering Nature's Titans: Without the Elephant 'We Lose An Essential Pillar in the Ability to Wonder'

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Africa's elephant poaching crisis doesn't just threaten a species, but imperils one of humanity's most important links to the natural world and even our collective sanity

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Roseann d (178)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 3:59 pm
With the loss of each species, be it plant or animal, human perception narrows.

Arielle S (313)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 4:21 pm
Elephants are such gentle giants and hurt no one...a curse upon those who do them harm

Kelly Pretorius (21)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 4:41 pm
I am from South Africa and the crisis with poaching is of epic proportions.

Aletta Kraan (146)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 4:52 pm
Just hate to see any animal killed !!!

pam w (139)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 7:53 pm
Every species is an integral part of its ecosystem. Remove one...maybe nothing obvious happens...remove a few more and the entire system begins to collapse.

Many fruiting trees and plants will ONLY reproduce after their seeds are passed through an elephant's gut. Elephants break up land to make room for new growth...their dung is very good fertilizer. They dig in water holes to drink and make more room for other animals.

I could go on....but, I'm sure you understand.

Sheila D (28)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 9:55 pm
Sadly, a few killers can destroy an entire species with no thought to what the rest of the world needs, and they do so daily. This is a tragedy that needs to be addressed on a global scale. Those who poach, those who hunt for trophies, those who have no regard for living things; these are the people who threaten our earth and destroy the ecosystem with their selfishness. Somehow they need to be stopped, as I doubt they will ever understand.

. (0)
Sunday September 15, 2013, 10:51 pm
𝕴 𝖑𝖔𝖛𝖊 𝕰𝖑𝖊𝖕𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖙𝖘, 𝖙𝖍𝖊𝖞 𝖆𝖗𝖊 𝖘𝖚𝖈𝖍 𝖌𝖊𝖓𝖙𝖑𝖊 𝖈𝖗𝖊𝖆𝖙𝖚𝖗𝖊𝖘!! 𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝕮𝖆𝖑!

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:33 am

Frances Darcy (143)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:38 am

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday September 16, 2013, 2:23 am
The elephants MUST be saved at all cost.

Yvette S (35)
Monday September 16, 2013, 2:25 am
Sadly noted :'(

. (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 2:52 am
Nous devrions avoir le plus grand respect pour ces animaux. Il est urgent que nous changions nos perceptions et nos fašons de faire.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:01 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:17 am

Christeen A (370)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:43 am
Please help save these beautiful creatures. Thank you.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday September 16, 2013, 4:47 am
We're going to be a lonely species if we carry on like this.

Shelli S (374)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:18 am
You wonder how so many people, could care less that we have animals on the brink of extinction.

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:34 am
Every life is precious

Theodore S (56)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:36 am
So do the forests

Ruth C (87)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:55 am
It kills me to know that so many Elephants die, and all for the greed of people!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 10:56 am
All animals are dying because of the greed of people! People are the cruelest animals on earth.

Jane H (139)
Monday September 16, 2013, 11:53 am
How very true---too sad.

Elke H (97)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:05 pm
Mankind leaves such tragedy in its wake.

Gabriela Baldaia (104)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:39 pm
Thank you for sharing, Cal :)
I watched the amazing video ....
Let us all say NO TO IVORY, and pledge to sign every petition on behalf of these extraordinary creatures !

S S (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 1:47 pm
Thank you.

Aileen P (40)
Monday September 16, 2013, 2:22 pm
How sad. Noted.

S J (130)
Monday September 16, 2013, 3:42 pm
Human destroy everything.
Sadly noted, thanks Cal

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday September 16, 2013, 3:48 pm
We must boycott the products made by the folks who pay the poachers for the ivory!

divergent revolution (309)
Monday September 16, 2013, 5:36 pm
noted,ty Cal

Mitchell D (104)
Monday September 16, 2013, 6:23 pm
Our ego, and our sense of exceptionalism allow us to destroy our sibling earthlings, what a shame!

Past Member (0)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:01 pm
"Mongabay: How heartened are you by the recent U.S. interest in the poaching crisis?

Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson: Generally America has barely covered the environmental news. We are the biggest culprit in climate change. What we need to realize is that while there have been media responses to the ivory situation there has been no great public outcry. No public outrage that we could lose the greatest land mammal on earth within ten years. No billboards like those in China saying to the world, no more ivory trade. America, make no mistake about it, is still in the business of decimating its wolves (an endangered species), it still wants to prospect for oil in melting Arctic seas where polar bears are half the weight they were ten years ago, our Navy is still blowing the ears of whales everywhere worldwide with their ear piercing sonar looking for oil deposits. We are turning a land that was a place of miracle and promise into a wasteland and the rest of the world is following our lead. We are still the second largest market of ivory on the planet. We are the ones who almost completely destroyed the great buffalo herds of tens of millions. We are the ones who totally extinguished hundreds of millions of passenger pigeons. Jewelers and art dealers who have no qualms in trafficking ivory are still being caught."

What have we become??? :-(
Agree with all comments....

Thanks Cal.

Twyla Sparks (208)
Monday September 16, 2013, 7:12 pm
signed and noted

Elisa F (235)
Monday September 16, 2013, 9:16 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.

jaya Sinha (26)
Monday September 16, 2013, 10:38 pm

Julia R (296)
Monday September 16, 2013, 10:52 pm
A very profound article! The elephant would be such a loss that we could never be the same. It would be as if part of our soul died with them! We must do everything within our power to stop poaching now. It is a crime against humanity! "The elephant inhabits our imaginations like few species in the history of our kind. We are probably indebted to elephants for having helped us survive droughts because they knew where to find water and when the rains would arrive. They are self-aware and they mourn their dead...they know who they are."

Romana Gallas-Zon (125)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 12:58 am
Thank you.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:00 am

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:08 am
thank you

TOM T (246)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 6:57 am
No animal abuse is acceptable !!
Thank you for Sharing this....

Jo S (619)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:44 pm
Noted & shared.
Thanks Cher.

Jo S (619)
Tuesday September 17, 2013, 2:46 pm
Sorry about that. Thanks Cal!
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