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Over the past ten years the numbers of African forest elephants have dropped by an astonishing 62 percent as a result of the illegal ivory trade. Even worse for the elephants is that the fewer there are of them the more valuable their ivory becomes, thus an inevitable increase in poaching, the most vicious of vicious circles. Researchers estimate that these creatures may all be gone in less than ten years.

I'm not personally keen on the death penalty but it seems like a good trade-off to execute a few desperate or greedy ivory poachers, not to mention a few ivory owners,  to save an entire species. If the U.S. military needs a good venue to work off some inner tension by practicing their drone strikes, this would be the place.

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  •  Well I Am An Elephant Guy (4+ / 0-)
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    blue91, Gorette, thefarleftside, forgore

    but not sure I'd go as far as what you suggest, but we need to do something. Heck my nieces birthday was Saturday and the three gifts I got here were all elephant specific. Like this:

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    My gifts were some of the first opened, and she didn't really seemed to be interested in the others. Her mom said to me, "who knew elephants would be such a hit?"

    I was like I knew they would, who doesn't like elephants.

    When opportunity calls pick up the phone and give it directions to your house.

    by webranding on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:32:45 AM PST

    •  Those are beautiful. What store? (1+ / 0-)
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      thefarleftside

      I'm going to see my new, first grandchild next month and want to take her  elephant.

      I've been an elephant person since I would see them as a child at the Cleveland zoo where they would sometimes walk them around. And even more so now that I am aware of how social they are, how family loving they are. I find it so touching. They really are a symbol of loving protection of family.

      Anything to stop killing them. Yes, just about anything. Because    they must not become extinct! And they are headed there now.

      "extreme concentration of income is incompatible with real democracy.... the truth is that the whole nature of our society is at stake." Paul Krugman

      by Gorette on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:24:22 AM PST

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  •  Where is the market for ivory? (2+ / 0-)
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    webranding, thefarleftside

    I'm thinking the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia and neighboring petro-states, and in China, but I could be wrong.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 07:42:49 AM PST

  •  Elephants are social, intelligent (3+ / 0-)
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    jfromga, thefarleftside, forgore

    creatures. They care for their young, and the young of others. They tend to the needs of the elderly or sick and seem to put the needs of their society above their own immediate desires. They are led by respected females. No irony here. How about the mastodon? The GOP could have all the influence that a mastodon has the modern world, and the world would be a better place thereby.

    Advocates of capitalism are very apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: The fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate. Bertrand Russell

    by Wood Gas on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 08:26:23 AM PST

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