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Elephants and Ivory
As I was reading a National Geographic magazine, the cover was about elephants and how they are being hunted and killed just for their tusks. One picture they showed a guy hacking off a tusk from an elephant that he had just killed and in front the children were carrying the other tusk they they had already taken off. This really saddened me because elephants are good animals and like all animals they have a place on this earth and I don't think that place is to be hunted just for their tusks. Just 25,000 elephants were killed this year alone and among them young elephants were also killed.
The reason they are hunted is for the ivory that they produce through their tusks. Ivory is nice to have but at the cost of what? They use ivory for many things like statues and decorations that they can put around their homes or even churches. When I saw a picture of a cross with Jesus on it, I couldn't believe it was made out of ivory and the other religious items that they use ivory for. It is know that many people smuggle ivory because they can get good money for it. For one family, one large tusk sold within the black market can bring them about $6,000 and this is enough to support them for ten years. Why make money this way, why kills elephants?
This is a sad situation, very soon elephants will become extinct because they are left in the middle of nowhere to rot after being killed for their tusks. I know animals are not the same as humans and they may not have all the rights because they are animals but they have feelings and emotions and even fear and pain. I for one do not want to buy anything ivory now that I have read how cruel they treat the elephants just so they can get money.