Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Rule #30: Harvesting ivory tusks

How does this mentality still exist? There are poachers who hunt out of season for meat. Which isn’t right, but at least you can see a viable reason for breaking the law. Even if their actions jeopardize the very existence of the game they seek. But the poachers or trophy hunters who hunt and kill an animal for pure monetary gain, leaving the animal to rot... purely sadistic.
The ivory tusks of an African elephant are essentially incisor teeth, which never stop growing. Unless, of course you chop the elephants face off to get the tusk for an illegal ivory trade. At that point the tusk ceases to grow. 
In the late 1960s, there were approximately 35,000 elephants in the Tsavo ecosystem – a region of Kenya. By the late 1980s, at the height of the ivory poaching era, about 6,000 elephants remained in the entire Tsavo ecosystem. 
Just sit back for a second and think about what we’ve done to this world. The population of virtually every species of wildlife and marine life is in serious decline,  while the human population has doubled since 1970. We’re fucked.

In the new world, there will be no poaching for ivory tusks.

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