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Asia's Greed for Ivory Puts African Elephant at Risk

Animals  (tags: asia, ivory, african elephant, threatened, endangered, poachers, killings, wild animals )

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There has been a massive surge in illegal ivory trading, researchers warned last week. They have found that more than 14,000 products made from the tusks and other body parts of elephants were seized in 2009, an increase of more than 2,000 on their


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Agnes H (144)
Saturday January 16, 2010, 9:56 pm
This is terrible, are we going to see the African Elephant being on the brink of extinction once again??? I mean some of them don't even get to see adulthood just because the poachers know how to bring an adult elephant nearer that they can kill for the Ivory. These animals are like the cetaceans they're family orientated and won't leave their young if they are being killed.

To enable the poachers luck for Ivory they kill the young, the mother comes and bingo you've got some tusks. It should be made illegal to sell Ivory from the stockpile unless it's government rabgers who take the stockpile to the government. Any other person should be prosecuted as they are obviously poachers.

Rangers have to keep an eye on them and they know where the elephant is. If they happen to come up with a lot of Ivory there should be a government investigation whether the ranger is killing the animals he's supposed to be looking after, or whether there are many deaths because of the long droughts. That can happen in Africa as well. But Government rangers are usually trustworthy, that's why they should be the ONLY people to bring tusks out of the reserve. NO ONE ELSE should be allowed to sell Ivory and it has to be sold to the government representative. ONLY THAT WAY ARE THEY GOING TO STOP THE POACHING!!!!!

Lynn M (192)
Saturday January 16, 2010, 10:03 pm
The elephant death rate is astronomical due to hunters and poachers. What a terrible sin to harm these wonderful creatures. Once again, slaughter for monetary gain. Maybe Noah should have led the animals 2 by 2 onto the Ark and left mankind behind. Now THAT would be a story!!

gail dair (0)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 12:24 am
thanks Simone

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 12:56 am
do not buy ivory, even if you find it in a second hand shop
I once met someone who wore a furcoat she had bought in a charity shop and she thought it was acceptable because the coat wasn't new. Strange thinking.
Even if you inherit ivory objects from a long lost auntie, do not use them or display them please!

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 2:44 am
Sadly noted,TY Simone.

MmAway M (519)
Sunday January 17, 2010, 9:36 pm
Thank you Simone....

If people would stop purchasing these products and animals parts, the demand would end.

Noted with anger and GRRRRRR
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