Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Facebook can get to be a bit much sometimes, other times it can be the home of disturbing posts. Case in point, a posting this morning regarding the ongoing 'war' against elephants in Africa which I have mentioned recently. This time, just painful reading . . . 

In a posting from the East African Wildlife Society noted this morning, speaking about the current brutality inflicted upon those magnificent and long lived creatures, they note that an estimated 70 to 100 elephants a day are being gunned down for the massive Asian ivory trade. It disgusts me to read such and I just have to share this information in the hope that someone else who reads this post will feel as sympathetic to the cause of survival of the African elephant and might be moved to offer help in whatever way possible before, as is noted in the Facebook entry, the species could become extinct in as little as three decades.

In 2012 alone, more African elephants were killed than in any year since the ivory trade was banned in 1989. To kill the elephants, poachers will execute well planned, military style operations using helicopters to extend their range and herd groups of elephants into the line of fire, according to the Society's posting. 

The illegal ivory trade is global in scope, lucrative to funding ongoing gang and militia groups to further their bloody endeavors and it has doubled in just the last five years as the world has stood by and done little to protect the lives of these animals. The posting goes on to say that 'never has the cost of Asian trinkets been so high'.

Please visit the Society's page and read more about their efforts and make up your own mind. Is an ivory tusk better suited to helping an elephant dig up a salt lick or to be cut and carved and sold as a table trinket?


Robbie said...

While in Florida this year, I took a tour @ TwoTales Ranch and was enlightened on the demise of these great animals...we are also taking away their habitat, which again is leading to killing this beautiful animal. It is so sad. Patricia is doing all she can to educate us and I will continue to support her. I'll also check out the site you mentioned.

Bev said...

I grew up in South Africa and the problem they had then was that they had too many elephants for the game reserves to cope with, now the picture has changed so dramatically. I also lived in Kenya for 3 years and was privileged to see these wonderful and intelligent animals in the wild....what must they think of the human race?
Sadly I fear we are fighting a loosing battle...until we can educate China and other countries of the damage they are doing with their greed we wont win this battle which includes the Rhinos. Makes me weep!