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THE TRUE COST OF IVORY: Onegreenplanet

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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Below is a photo of one of the world’s last “big tuskers”, SATAO,who was killed by poachers in Kenya – May 2014.                                                                                                                 President Kenyatta of Kenya, please give presidential protection to the last great tuskers & arrest the traffickers. crying eyeAs with the fur trade – if there is no demand for these “luxury” items there will be no supply!

Below is an excellent article from Onegreenplanet:

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/the-true-cost-of-ivory-trinkets-infographic/

Ivory name plates, piano keys, and jewelry are considered beautiful, even luxurious trinkets. These items come at a steep price for the buyer, but what about the price for the animal who’s tusks were used to make these items?

It is easy to forget that these items came to be in your home or office by way of a brutal and illegal illicit trade. Every year the ivory trade claims the lives of tens of thousands of elephants across Africa and Asia, yet by and large their plight goes untold. And this is not a problem that is just now gaining relevance, it is estimated that by 2020, if serious action is not taken, the African elephant will be extinct. That is only SIX years away!

It is easy to feel utterly helpless in the face of that fact, especially if you do not live in a country where these elephants are, but that is not to say there isn’t anything you can do. The United States has the second largest market for ivory in the world, meaning strengthening ivory trade legislation within the bounds of the U.S. could make a HUGE difference. Without a market, there is no demand to slaughtered gravely endangered elephants for their tusks.

There are a number of bills in process right now that are awaiting the signatures of state officials to definitively ban the trade and sale of ivory on a state level. What we need now is the public to demand action. Many Americans are unaware of the damage being done to elephants worldwide due to the ivory trade, to help raise awareness share this infographic and contact your local legislators urging them to ban the ivory trade in your state!Infographic Shows the True Cost of an Ivory TrinketHow the U.S. Participates in the Ivory Trade

 

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3 Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    Reblogged this on "OUR WORLD".

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  2. cinnabar50 says:

    This is so distressing in the extreme; to think that in a few years there will be no elephants left
    in Africa. Unfortunately it is ignorance, like so many of the cruel things that happen to animals a good majority of people remain unaware. Sadly one feels so helpless against the onslaught of greed driven exploitation of animals such as elephants. Stiffer penalties are required and more action internationally to stop the extinction of these amazing and highly intelligent animals. It will be a sad day for our world if elephants disappear for ever.

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    • Emy Will says:

      Well said cinnabar!. It is going to require a gigantic shift in attitudes.

      Unfortunately ivory is seen as an item of wealth in Asia. Most of it is sold on the black market and as you say, greed drives people to exploit this situation.

      The situation in Africa is out of control and “helpless” is exactly how activists are feeling.
      Take care,
      Emy xxxx

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