Posted by: twotrees | November 18, 2017

Elephants don’t forget

Yesterday, the Trump administration reversed the decision prohibiting The importation of African elephant trophy products( heads, tusks, feet, skin, etc….). The move was hailed by hunting groups and protested by animal rights groups. Elephants, the largest land animal on earth, are highly intelligent, social beings with a life expectancy similar to that of humans.

There are numbers have been declining for decades largely because of poaching and the high demand for Ivory from Asia.
The population of elephants in Africa was estimated to be 1.3 million in 1979 but has dwindled to roughly 400,000 at present.

When I was a child, one of my favorite books was  Histoire de Babar, the elephant, an illustrated book first published in 1931.  Every child taken to a zoo or circus is amazed by these creatures.  The fact that the elephant is the symbol for the Republican Party in the United States is not lost on me.

The hunting of such a majestic animal has run its course and we can only hope that our intelligence shines through in the future, allowing this keystone species a fighting chance of remaining on the earth for years to come. Because of dwindling habitat that has made their existence more difficult, this new ruling may not help things for them.

Here’s a link to an LA Times article on the topic below.


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