Elephants

I always wanted an elephant when I was young. Thought our front garden was big enough.

Why on earth do people want ivory? Greedy nasty humans.

A Pitiful Tragedy We Could Have Prevented
She was the oldest and the wisest.
She had successfully raised eight babies.
She was a celebrated character in the Samburu area of northern Kenya where she lived.
She was an elephant called Khadija.
Now she is dead.  Eight orphans left behind.
The tide of brutal, relentless poaching that is sweeping Africa carried her away, as it has thousands of nameless others, in a continent-wide carnage visited on elephants by the world’s most powerful, most dangerous and most egotistical species — the human being.

Khadija
We knew a lot more about Khadija because she was one of the elephants studied by the world’s leading elephant scientist, Dr. Iain Douglas Hamilton, founder of Save The Elephants.

Her radio collar discreetly opened our eyes to the intimate secrets of her life. The paths to water, the forests where the best browse could be found, the deepest and safest thickets. But even her wisdom, Iain’s vigilance and the determined efforts of Kenya Wildlife Service rangers could not protect her.
When bloody ivory sells for up to $700 a pound and when the hundreds of millions of wealthy Chinese middle class — the bafahu — can afford to buy it, then no wild elephant is safe.
So Khadija is gone. A wasted life, snuffed out to satisfy human vanity and greed.
How many more will follow her before we say “enough”?
Blogging off
Will Travis
P.S. If you want to help protect the survivors then please support Born Free USA‘s Elephant Defense Fund.
News Link:-http://www.bornfreeusa.org/bfusablog.php?p=2896&more=1

and see – further – below for more about China 😦

A former circus elephant that killed her trainer may be put down unless almost $1.5 million is raised by the end of this week.
Helen Schofield died after being crushed by Mila at Franklin Zoo and Wildlife Sanctuary near the town of Tuakau, 56km south of Auckland, on 25 April this year.
Dr Schofield’s sister and zoo employee, Jenny Chung, says the zoo needs $1,450,000 to pay for new carers and equipment to send the elephant to a sanctuary overseas.
She says no other facility in New Zealand has the resources to care for the elephant, and without the money there may be no choice but to put it down.
Ms Chung says it was her sister’s dream to see Mila spend her life with other African elephants, have more space to roam and the opportunity to behave naturally.
She says about $20,000 has been raised so far and the zoo will accept donations up to 10 June.

Well that’s another dead elephant isn’t it? Three days to go and nowhere near $1.5 mill. I don’t understand that story. If the elephant was there in the first place, why does it need to be moved? Not that elephants should be living in NZ.

20 000 elephants are killed each year for their ivory….

but look at this!

CAPE TOWN, South Africa, June 4, 2012 – /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – In a world of economic uncertainty, elephant ivory has become a new investment vehicle in China, which coincides with an extraordinary surge in the number of elephants being killed for their ivory.
A new ivory market investigation report released Monday by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW – www.ifaw.org) shows the legal sale of ivory stockpiles in 2008 has spurred demand, particularly in China where ivory is increasingly coveted by wealthy Chinese as “white gold.”
“Elephant ivory has, in a manner of speaking, become a new currency in China,” said Grace Gabriel, Asia Regional Director for IFAW. “The escalating demand has sent the price of ivory soaring. Couple that with the strengthening of the Chinese Yuan (RMB) against an ailing U.S. dollar, and suddenly buying illegal ivory in Africa and selling it at a huge profit in China becomes an extremely lucrative business.”
IFAW says the blame lies firmly at the door of the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), which in 2008 gave the go-ahead for the legal sale of ivory stockpiles by four South African countries to China and Japan.
Since 2009, when China took delivery of its purchase, the market for ivory there—legally traded or not—has exploded. Worldwide seizures of illegal ivory have matched this trend, with the media reporting that 5,259 ivory tusks (an astounding 23 tons) were confiscated in 2011 alone.
The Chinese regulatory system, introduced in 2004 with the intention of strictly controlling the domestic ivory market in line with CITES required conditions, has been rendered virtually impotent against the demand for ivory.
“Of the 158 ivory trade facilities visited in five cities by Chinese experts, 101 did not have government issued licenses and were operating illegally. Among licensed facilities, the majority abused the ivory control system in some way,” continued Gabriel. “The illicit ivory trading activities in both unlicensed and licensed but non-compliant facilities outnumbered properly legal facilities nearly six to one (135/23).”

What about bullhooks, whatever they maybe? Are people still paying to watch elephants dance around in a circus? This is a beautiful animal that does not deserve such indignity.

L.A. Considers Possibility Of Banning Bullhook Use On Elephants

Coincidence or not, a discussion about the use of bullhooks with elephants at Los Angeles City Hall is happening just a few weeks before Ringling Bros. Circus is set to arrive in town.

Los Angeles’ Board of Animal Services Commissioners recently voted to recommend the city adopt an ordinance that would prohibit the use of bullhooks and other tools used in elephant training.

While a decision hasn’t been reached and the topic is still up for debate — a city panel is set to discuss it at a June 5 meeting — critics say the bullhook, which resembles a fireplace poker, is an outdated method of training animals.

“All elephants used by circuses are subjected to abuse,” said Carney Chester, an attorney with the PETA Foundation. “There is no excuse for these endangered animals to be subjected to this treatment for a few fleeting moments of entertainment.”

Chester argues that training elephants with bullhooks not only puts animals at risk, but trainers have a substantial likelihood of death. “It’s more dangerous than coal mining,” she said. “Elephants trained with bullhooks, subjected to constant threat of bullhooks [are] prone to very erratic, unpredictable, violent behavior.”

Banning bullhook use on elephants is not without precedent. Fulton County, Georgia was the first locality to prohibit their use. The ban, however, was challenged when Ringling Bros. came to Atlanta and secured a temporary restraining order.

Zoos across the country were criticized for decades over what some activists called inhumane treatment of elephants. However, many centers, including the Los Angeles Zoo, have adopted policies that only allow “protected contact” between elephants and zookeepers, which places a barrier between the animal and keeper.

Read the rest of this news:-http://www.kcet.org/updaily/1st_and_spring/animals/la-considers-possibility-of-banning-bullhook-use-on-elephants.html

Why? Seriously why?

They aren’t a crop to bring in money, they are living breathing animals. They deserve respect, unlike the people who kill them, or who don’t care, while they are busy loading up at the supermarket.

More posts about elephants on Stop Animal Abuse

All posts courtesy of Stop Animal Abuse and the original sources.

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4 Responses to Elephants

  1. Vicky says:

    So sad :-(((
    The story of Khadija is heartbreaking, and all for human vanity and greed :-(((
    Poor Milas’ fate is probably dictated by the fact that she has ‘killed’. They probably want this ‘rogue elephant’ (which is prob how she is now seen) out of the country in case it happens again. 😦

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  2. bluonthemove says:

    I just want to make one observation, something quoted from newswire. The US Dollar is not ailing, the Chinese are allowing their currency, after years of keeping the value artifically low and flooding the USA and Europe with cheap goods, to reach a more realistic value. As for the eurozone, crisis could be solved in weeks, by Germany leaving the Euro. Their economy is too strong, and keeping the Euro too high. Countries have always devalued out of recession (including the UK in the 1960s) and without Germany the Euro would devalue to a level more suited to all the other Eurozone countries.

    Oh Yes, I love Elephants too, and I still want to follow up that idea for a sanctuary for them in Africa somewhere, if I can find the right local partners to help out. Once in Gib, I hope that is something you might be able to help me with.

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    • I think the popular conception, right or wrong, is that the American economy is not as healthy as previously. Or that some American people are struggling. Given that I don’t follow politics or look at the dollar exchange rate, my ignorance on this is significant so I’ll accept what you say. The less goods imported from China (or anywhere else), the better, but that’s because I disagree totally with globalisation and support the concept of local economies eg I don’t go to Carrefour in La Linea to save a few euros/pounds when I can buy what I need in Gib.

      I remember the UK devaluation – and then followed in 1971 by decimalisation (getting totally off topic here) – that was a huge shame. It would be interesting to see someone leave the Euro. I reckon if one goes, there will be a stampede 😀 And I can use my 4000 pesetas.

      You know me, anything to do with helping animals, I’m there. Homeless and old people are next on the list. Just don’t ask me to do anything to do with kids or medical charities.

      The sad thing about the first story on the list is that she was tagged, studied and rangers were meant to be looking after her. Still couldn’t avoid the poachers. How on earth do you solve a problem like ivory? Banning it makes no difference, just sends it underground. If only I had the answer.

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