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Elephants Pushed Toward Extinction as Terrorist Groups Bankrolled With Ivory Trade to US and China

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- 1899 days ago -
Carved ivory elephants may already outnumber living elephants, which are being slaughtered at the unsustainable rate of 35,000 per year.


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Walter F (129)
Friday January 3, 2014, 6:07 pm
Noted.Thanks Cal other than sign petitions that are ignored there is little we can do.Those working to stop the illegal trade need all the help and support they can be given.That appears to be all we can do.

Ben B (18)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:09 am
It is not enough to just read, note and cry. Yes we feel helpless in the face of such greed, callousness toward beautiful intelligent sentient beings, and utter stupidity, however we must try.

It appears that the countries that are the main markets for ivory are China and the USA. The article cited the international convention CITES, which permits trade in old ivory taken before 1989, but that poachers stain their new ivory making it impossible to distinguish between old and new ivory. To stop any trade, one must stop demand for the good.

First, in the US at least, that could be achieved by closing all the loop-holes in the regulations flowing from the treaty. No trade, no exceptions, no loop-holes, zero-tolerance on ivory trade, ivory sales etc. To change the law to reflect that goal, every US citizen needs to lobby their Congressman etc. Our US friends know all the usual campaign activities. Education campaigns, e.g. TV ad's, websites etc. (unfortunately fairly expensive), could be run to attempt to influence public opinion against ivory products, by showing the public the source of ivory, i.e. exposing them to pictures of dead elephants etc. Once the law is changed, it must be vigorously implemented and infringements punished severely. (Yes, I know prohibition rarely works, re: alcohol & marijuana, but perhaps ivory will be different).

Second, the source/supply of the product must be closed down. This could involve:
a) education campaigns against poaching, the trade, the violent groups who profit from the trade etc.,
b) perhaps any loop-holes in local African regulations could be closed via international pressure,
c) foreign aid to African countries to assist in implementing the tightened regulations, e.g. money, resources, training personnel etc., &/or
d) boots on the ground to apprehend, alive or dead, the poachers and the violent groups organising them.

But then who am I kidding, the above plan is unrealistic and unlikely to succeed. The world has may demands on it's resources already, e.g. Iraq, other conflicts, natural disasters, famine, drought, epidemics etc. etc. Elephants unfortunately don't figure very highly on the world's priorities, and perhaps the general public around the world just like their ivory jewellery and objects too much to care.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 1:36 am
I am a little surprised to find that the US is complicit in this despicable trade. I thought that trade in Ivory was banned in the US if it is why isn't the law being enforced .In fact the sale of ivory has been banned from 1947 only ivory that is older than this can n be traded.

divergent revolution (309)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 8:08 am

Connie Palladini (106)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 10:29 am

Shelli S (374)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 10:39 am
Maybe if Africa had taken a more proactive fight against poachers 2 begin with, we wouldn't be here at this crucial point in time. The fact that Africa barely punishes poachers 2day, tells me they don't care enough about elephants..not 2 save them from extinction. Those of us, who would protect elephants with our dying breath, feel like our hands are tied & our voices unheard. There's been enough talking on how 2 save elephants, it's time 4 action..I think poachers should be shot on sight, they are taking something that is not theirs 2 take, it belongs on the elephant & the elephant belongs alive.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 11:39 am
Dreadful. Nothing is working to stop the slaughter and demand is higher than ever. It's a very painful+frustrating. Thx Cal

Malgorzata Z (202)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 12:01 pm
przykre to bardzo

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Saturday January 4, 2014, 8:44 pm
They're not doing enough to stop the slaughter. Why? Get on with it and stop this before there are no elephants left!

Danuta Watola (1251)
Sunday January 5, 2014, 5:00 am
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