Skip to comments.Will elephants still roam earth in 20 years?
Posted on 04/30/2013 8:42:17 AM PDT by chessplayer
(CNN) -- At the start of the 1980s there were more than a million elephants in Africa. During that decade, 600,000 were destroyed for ivory products. Today perhaps no more than 400,000 remain across the continent, according to Samuel Wasser of the University of Washington, who is widely recognized as an authority on the subject.
If this level of killing continues, if elephants continue to be slaughtered for trinkets and statuettes, in 10 years' time most of Africa's elephants will be gone and an ineffable symbol of majesty and wonder -- and the linchpin in the ecology of an entire continent -- will have been consigned to oblivion.
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I guess ivory would be a good investment then.
No, they’ll fly like in Roger Dean posters.
This is PETA horse-hockey. Elephants are like fleas in many places.
The best thing for elephants is to controllably hunt them. This means that there are ample funds to stop poachers (the real threat), and that herds are culled appropriately.
Economic freedom and property rights in Africa would help greatly.
The GOP will be extinct by then, so they’re will be no need of that mascot....
The GOP will be gone before elephants.
“If this level of killing continues, if elephants continue to be slaughtered for trinkets and statuettes, in 10 years’ time most of Africa’s elephants will be gone”
Republicans? Nope, they’ll be gone much sooner than 20 years.
Oh... the animal? They’ll be in zoos. It’s sad, but beyond my control. The animals I need... dogs for companionship, fish, chicken, pigs and cows for food, are all plentiful.
Sorry, it wasn’t NPR. It was National Geographic on PBS.
“If you watched the National Geographic special Battle for the Elephants on PBS, youre probably concerned about the fate of one of Africas greatest natural treasuresand with good reason. Last year was devastating for elephants across Africa, with poaching-related deaths estimated to be at least 25,000. A rate that some experts say, if left unchecked, could lead to the extinction of the African elephant by 2020.”
“Battle for the Elephants”
“The film tells the ultimate wildlife story how the Earths most charismatic and majestic land animal today faces market forces driving the value of its tusks to levels once reserved for precious metals.”
In Tanzania alone, 30 elephants are being slaughtered every day.
I'll take "where my taxes are going for $1000"
is it bad that this is first thing that occurs to me when I see a title like this one?
Only cyborg/zombie elephants.
As long as there’s no more RINOs...
Oh, fer pete’s sake! Trade in elephant ivory has been outlawed for how long now? Are we supposed to believe that roving hordes of ivory poachers are still decimating elephant populations?
With frikkin’ laser beams.
Repubs/elephants are already gone. What we are left with is a RINO party.
Ok, so do you pursue the present course which means criminalizing the ivory trade which makes it a rarity, pushing up the price and demand for a rarity.
Or does on try a supply side solution which would involve “elephant farms” where you breed them like cattle, increasing the supply, driving down prices and eliminating the cache of having a rare item ?
This reminds me that I need to score some ivory grips for my Colt Python.
I don’t know.......How old is Candy Crowley?
Honeybees are carrying elephants off to their secret megahive in Antarctica but you didn’t hear it from me.
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