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Asian Affluence Drives African Big Game Poaching

Animals  (tags: Poaching, Elephants, Rhino, poachers, Asia, africa )

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Ivory and rhino horn and skin - boiled and ingested - have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, which is practiced not only in Chinese communities but increasingly by other ethnic groups around the world

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Elize Labuschagne (181)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:39 am
Hope they die an agonizing death from it!!! Murderers

Edwin M (346)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:27 am
Money has a way of corrupting the morals and values of people. China touts their new enlightened age while still practicing medicine from the dark ages. Thank you Jill.

Yvonne Egan (43)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 11:46 am
What will they use when all those animals have become extinct??? I can't believe that in this day and age, they believe in these so called medicines. They have no concern for the wildlife, and their only concern is making money.

Ruth C (87)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 1:34 pm
It says, not only in Chinese communities but increasingly by other ethnic groups around the world, that is a lot of BS, only the Chinese use it they just want people to believe that its other people that use it too!

Will the Chinese also use the same thing that the first emperor of China Qin Shi Huang used?
He would ingest mercury pills, which was made by his court scientists and doctors, Ironically, these pills were meant to make Qin Shi Huang immortal.

Qin Shi Huang feared death and desperately sought the fabled elixir of life, which would supposedly allow him to live forever.

Mary T (178)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 2:59 pm
Thanks Jill, So sadly noted.

Evelyn B (79)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 3:11 pm
Noted Tks.. Jill.....The Chinese don't give a poop about animals or mammals in our oceans etc.. May the bad ones rot in hell...

Henriette Matthijssen (154)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 3:15 pm
Since mankind has become so greedy for $ they do not value the gift of life itself, One will reap what they have sown. Thanks Jill.

Lindsey Williams (234)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 6:22 pm
Thanks for sharing this Jill.

Ellen m (215)
Saturday April 28, 2012, 8:23 pm
I say we put a bounty on the poachers if we can't shoot them dead in action, someones greed will win out in the end...
And hold the government to the fire to prosecute if they happen to get them first. Most of them want our financial aid, so make them earn it!!!

Danuta W (1250)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:22 am

Xil L (40)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:50 am
Sudan should be on the alert, expeting massive chinese investment...

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:38 am
Ignorance! Ignorance! and even more Ignorance! which is the true cause of these atrocities. Sure the greed of the rhino and tusk trading merchants contributes heavily to these brutal and merciless trade. However, it is nonetheless the lack of education of the uselessness of the products combined with the strong hard grip on traditional values - left uncorrected which makes the task of completely erradicating this heinous trade nigh on impossible.

Henriette is right. Karma pays absolutely no heed to any other circumstances except all that an individual does be it for good or evil. In this case, all those who are implicit in the destruction of helpless sentient beings will be brutally hunted and murdered. Ironic really when those who drive the demand for ivory and rhino horn are doing so to better/improve their health/lives only to succumb to very unfortunate future lives - for this is the infallible law of karma.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:26 am

silence is acceptance, we are change
life has value beyond measure
Peace and Love

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:38 pm

janet f (29)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 12:57 pm
Those people are the scum of the earth.

Carmen S (611)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:00 pm
thanks Jill, something has got to be done about these poachers to protect the beautiful animals

MarietteAWAY G (175)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:51 pm
Noted and signed. Thanks for sharing this Jill!

Shirley S (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:54 pm
Kudo horns-$18.95. Check out the For Sale for Animals & body parts. Many American companies
listed. Canada is a great offender, and ships to China. It's huge; on a scale that is uncomprehensible.
In another twenty years the only animals safe will be those in the zoo. Sad, but true. No easy answers, the
profitability in markets for this is tremendous. How to stop it? Does anyone know? My take:

Marcia Mueller (13)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 1:55 pm
Maybe we need to get serious and actually shoot the poachers. We would not have to kill them, just let them know we're serious about saving the elephants and stopping their trade. Asian affluence is causing other problems--more meat eating, for example. People get money, they want more and more of everything.

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:07 pm
Obscene misuse of wealth and influence.

michelle t (41)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 2:48 pm
The interntional community must take stern action with implementation of the mandatory death penalty for all scumbags involved in poaching/hunting of ANY animal

Isabelle J (81)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 4:37 pm
So disgusting!

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 7:09 pm
China MUST start getting word out to all citizens about the myths of animals parts having any effects medicinally or as aphrodisiacs, and punish and fine severely anyone who poaches rhinos, elephant (for status symbol carving?? LAME!). ETC...China MUST GET OUT OF TIBET. China has too many cruel evils that are so debilitating to humans and animals that I can not even begin to list them all.....Anyone who takes a life must replace it by giving their money to sanctuaries.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 8:28 pm

karin y (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:32 pm
The writing is on the wall: A country as big and populated as China becoming a first-world affluent status will bring down the planet. China now consumes twice the meat as America, with 1/4 of meat produced in the world going to China. It's pretty easy to extrapolate.

Gary C (5)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:48 pm
Noted , Thankyou.....

Antje Göttert (0)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 9:52 pm
The Chinese people has got more affluence but unfortunatelly not more wisdom. Mentally they are living in the Middle Age.
And all Chinese seem to be impotent. They need all animal species to cure their impotence, specially those of the endangered species.

Patricia E G (54)
Sunday April 29, 2012, 10:15 pm
Through a plan called "Consecutive Breeding", all of Africa's remaining
Rhinos would be placed in a large conservation area fully secured by rangers
and security. Horns would be surgically removed by qualified veternarians
and sold to the Chinese at market value. Impoverished Africa would benefit
financially. Poaching eliminated and new borns also being secured in the park would guarantee a steady flow of Ivory to the Chinese.

Amy E (66)
Monday April 30, 2012, 10:32 am

Kenneth Davies (0)
Monday April 30, 2012, 11:18 am

Barbara C (1)
Monday April 30, 2012, 1:54 pm
You can say Good-by to the elephants and the Rhinos now. There won't be any left anywhere. Besides
the cruelty they endure in circuses and zoo's, now they are brutally killed for money. But you can
still see pictures of them in books or on the internet.

Pamela Welsh (99)
Monday April 30, 2012, 5:50 pm
This is a never ending cycle. Just completely ban ivory to the greedy chinese as it has no medicinal value.

Dianne D (490)
Monday May 21, 2012, 7:42 pm
These animals are big tourist attractions for the country. When they are gone, they will be gone forever. The government needs to make this a life or death situation for the poachers. They die if they kill an animal and anyone, no matter in which country that is caught with any of these animals, should die also.
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