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Pull Down The Ivory Towers
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Pull Down The Ivory Towers

i know  that this is a depressing subject for a blog but there has been a lot in the news lately about the poaching of wild animals so I felt moved by my anger and sadness to write about it. The news items lately have mainly featured the spate of killing by poachers of endangered species like rhino and elephants in Africa. Just recently an entire family of elephants, twelve of them (eleven adults and a calf) were brutally slaughtered in the Tsavo National Park in Kenya for their ivory. The family were ruthlessly gunned down by automatic rifles and their tusks were hacked out. In 2012 alone the number of elephants killed by poachers is believed to be 360, according to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

Shockingly, the illegal ivory trade is believed to be the highest it has been in two decades, since being banned internationally since 1989. Apparently there is a growing demand for ivory in Asia, particularly in China, among the expanding middle class. Organised crime syndicates are thought to be behind the buying up and smuggling of ivory into Asian countries such as China, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines. A report  shows that over half the illegal ivory ends up in China, where it is openly sold, despite certification which bans it. It is sickening to discover that most of the large-scale seizures of ivory fail to result in arrests and prosecutions which it obviously should do, so we need to really pile on the pressure to get these scumbags who deal in ivory to feel the full force of the law! Unbelievably, some are proposing lifting the international ban , in the wake of this growing demand for illegal ivory. How can we justify making something legal when it causes so much suffering and death to wild animals, and is causing the near-extinction of certain species? What we need is better law enforcement against poachers and to deter consumers from buying it, not re-legalising it. Unfortunately, the very fact that it is banned and illicit is what makes it so desirable to many people. Why are the lives and well-being of other creatures of so little value?

Please sign this petition to keep ivory illegal: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/779/245/607/keep-the-ban-on-elephant-ivory/

I gather that the park rangers in Africa are all armed and have a shoot-to-kill policy when it comes to poachers, which I am very pleased about! There was at least one report of a poacher being shot dead recently in a stand-off with rangers, whilst trying to kill rhino. I don't feel sorry for any poachers who die this way: after all, they have absolutely no mercy towards defenceless animals, they are hunting them for sheer human greed and vanity. So I say GO park rangers! Ah, if only the poachers were the endangered species, eh?

Sorry this is such a sad and angry blog, but I hope it has at least raised more awareness of the scale of this problem. Your votes and comments are much appreciated.

Picture courtesy of www.faceofmalawi.com

Image credit: Tobias Akerboom (at hutmeelz)

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  1. Marita Gold
    Voted. Heartbreaking....:-(((
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  2. the accidental vegan
    This article really opened my eyes to the horror of elephant poaching. I guess I didnt realize that this was still happening around the world so prolifically . What an absolute travesty.Thank you for exposing this. Keep on fighting the good fight.
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  3. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    It is sad n very depressing but then we need to be aware and awaken about what's been happening around...good you brought this to light dear......voted!
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  4. kristo
    kristo
    Voted. Ivory is so morbid. I wonder why people still want to buy it with all the negativity that is attached to it????
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    1. Anita Vegana
      Because ivory is pretty, just like blood diamonds.
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  5. Anita Vegana
    I wish poachers were endangered, too. I voted and signed the petition.
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  6. SnakeWitch
    Maggie, you're starting to sound like me and Shabs! Ha ha! Great job, I always vote for a bit of cruel-to-animals bashing!
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    1. Shabs Online
      Shabs Online
      Hahahaha..... so do I! Terrific job! :)
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        Thanks all! It shouldn't surprise you though - have you seen my Facebook page??! I am sure people have deleted me in the past because of all the animal rights stuff I keep posting!! Btw, Shabs and Annie, you are both on Rolling Without Limits too, aren't you? I have a new blog out there, Reinventing the Wheel(chair), please check it out when you get a chance! :-)
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        1. SnakeWitch
          I have. It's rebellious! Have you read my profile pic? IDLE NO MORE!
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          1. Veganara
            Veganara
            I haven't read your profile pic, will have a look at that. I am not being deliberately rebellious; I just know that so much of what goes on in the world is so wrong, and we need to put a stop to it. Definitely a rebel WITH a cause, I am sure you will agree!
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  7. BuddhasDelight
    BuddhasDelight
    you know i can be so naive. it amazes me that this kind of thing still goes on at all, and i really wasn't aware what a problem it has become. i signed the petition with a comment. i hope it helps. don't apologize for the sad nature of this news, it is important that we are informed! it is important for us to be the voice for those who cannot speak up for themselves. elephants are such gentle and majestic creatures, some might argue they are more intelligent than the humans who cause them to suffer. i hope these awful practices cease. it is such a trite gain in exchange for a living heartbeat. blessings veganara, thank you for creating awareness around this challenging subject. :)
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    1. BuddhasDelight
      BuddhasDelight
      p.s. out of votes for today, but i have you on list for tomorrow morning!
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    2. SnakeWitch
      I agree! This has to stop!
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  8. Curiouser49
    Thank you for posting this. I sign so many petitions to help animals that I lost count. This is a very educational article.
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  9. beachgurl
    I voted. Truly heartbreaking, but we need to be reminded.
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