Elephant Poaching

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  1. waltky
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    waltky Wise ol' monkey Supporting Member

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    No wonder they're an endangered species...

    100,000 elephants killed in Africa, study finds
    Aug 18,`14 -- Poachers killed an estimated 100,000 elephants across Africa between 2010 and 2012, a huge spike in the continent's death rate of the world's largest mammals because of an increased demand for ivory in China and other Asian nations, a new study published Monday found.
     
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    All animal poaching is cruel.
    Humans need to learn to coexist with all species on this Earth.
     
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    Elephants, no problem. SSDD, no thanks.
     
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    It's a matter of $.
    Poachers do so because there is a market for their goods.
    Stop the market and you stop the poaching.

    Elephants are just one breed. Rhinos are another.

    And, lest we forget, in the 18th and 19th century here in North America, sea otters were almost hunted to extinction for their fur.
     
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    Unless you destroy the demand, there will always be people willing to supply it. The fact that Ivory is so very illegal, while a noble concept, seems to actually be making things worse by driving up the price.

    The only options are increasing penalties on poachers, (and with the reward of illegal ivory being so substantial, the penalty would probably have to be death to the poachers) or trying to figure out a way to bring legal ivory back to the market, via farming or gaming management.

    A ban is the "easy" solution, the problem is it doesn't appear to be working with regards to sustaining elephant populations.
     
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    Tanzania targets elephant poachers...
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    Tanzanian president tells security forces to pursue poachers
    Mon, Oct 31, 2016 - The Tanzanian president on Saturday ordered the security forces to go after top criminals financing organized networks behind elephant poaching, saying no one is “untouchable.”
     
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    China is the main source of global demand for ivory...
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    International war against poaching starting to pay off
    Sat, Dec 17, 2016 - It was one of the most momentous events in the battle against poaching: 11 giant pyres of elephant tusks going up in flames in Kenya as the world looked on.
     
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    Anyone that kills a elephant should be shot
     
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    Ivory is an incredibly beautiful product. That's why the poor elephants are endangered.

    It is the same reason why women are molested by thugs -- because women are beautiful creatures as well and it is the only way thugs can get a piece of fresh ones.

    Anything beautiful is going to be at risk from thugs including poachers.
     
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    Otters are worthless creatures that eat a lot of valuable shellfish including endangered abalone.
     

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