This is a totally terrible fact, yet it is one that needs to be recognized, immediately! I am afraid that the message is not getting out fast enough, is not being dispersed with enough vitality, and that ultimately, enough of the people with the power actually might not give a damn! It is frustrating, and it is saddening.
It would be hard to contest the statement that elephants are among the most magnificent of species on this Earth. Native to Africa and Asia, there are roughly 264,000 elephants living within the wild areas of both continents. These are estimate numbers, and these numbers are expected to decline.
Of course, and as with all things upon this planet, the major threat to the existence of the elephant is humanity. A major issue with the horrific hunting of this awesome animal is the senseless killing of it for it’s tusks. Gangs of hunters and illegal traders are in the practice of poaching elephants, specifically to barter the animals’ tusks on black market trade circuits around the globe for the high profit of the ivory. Meanwhile, entire herds of beautiful, precious, and priceless animals have been murdered, so that someone, somewhere can enjoy that ivory.
Current studies are showing that there will be NO elephants living within the wild within twelve years, if the current rate of tusk hunting continues. Some estimates are stating that the elephant will be extinct by the year 2020, a mere seven years away, if nothing is done to handle the madness that is elephant hunting and ivory trade. Nations that include Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Gabon, India, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, as well as several other African and Asian nations are involved in the illegal, underground ivory trade activities which continue to threaten the existence of the elephant species.
The United Nations is observing that the demand for ivory is increasing among poaching factions within Asian nations. Yet, it does not seem that any actually strengthened actions are being put into effect to counter the activities being made by these criminals against some of nature’s most magnificent of mammals. The U.N. Security Council – Group of Experts has been monitoring Libya, specifically. This African nation is where a major weapons trade could be occurring at the hands of rebel factions. The source of income for these weapons could be African ivory!
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