If you need a good cry. {NSFW}

Via on Sep 9, 2012

China & African poachers are killing elephants by the thousands. {How we can help. NSFW}

Elephants have become the new Blood Diamonds.

“China is the epicenter of demand,” said Robert Hormats, a senior U.S. State Department official. “Without the demand from China, this would all but dry up.”

The New York Times has been reporting elephant slaughters all over the world. Excerpt from today’s Sunday Times:

Not long ago it looked as though elephant poaching in Africa was on the downswing, in part because of more rigorous enforcement of a global ban on trade in most elephant ivory imposed in 1989. That moment is gone and with it, elephants in the tens of thousands every year. These astonishing creatures, which seem more intelligent and emotionally aware the more we know about them, are being gunned down by poachers for their ivory tusks at a fast pace — the worst slaughter seen since the 1980s.

…The delicate question, as always, is how to put pressure on China. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to do so. But the State Department has been slow to acknowledge the possible implications of American military aid in Africa, especially in Uganda, Congo and South Sudan. By paying for fuel so Ugandan troops can continue the hunt for Joseph Kony, head of the Lord’s Resistance Army, the United States may well be paying to fuel elephant poaching…

For more:

…Ivory tusks, most of them bound for China, have become the new blood diamonds.

The poachers have already done their worst in Vietnam. Along with developers, loggers, villagers and negligent bureaucrats, they have conspired to reduce the wild elephant population to just a few dozen.

Elephants are under critical threat all across Asia, especially in India and Thailand, but the situation is so exceedingly bleak in Vietnam that wildlife conservation groups have essentially thrown in the towel there.

A minuscule and poorly funded Elephant Conservation Center is located in a national park in Dak Lak Province, in south-central Vietnam, and it has been sheltering a herd of 29 elephants. But two weeks ago, a pair of elephants from that group were found slaughtered in a forest, including the herd’s only remaining male, whose head, trunk and tusks were severed.

Without an adult male, Vietnamese forestry officials said, the herd is no longer “sustainable.” The park’s interim director said elephant poaching has now become “rampant,” with six males from the herd having been killed this year…

More: Unimaginable horror as helicopter-borne poachers massacre 22 elephants before hacking off their tusks and genitals.

Rhinos, too. Warning: graphic and heartbreaking.

Let’s end this on a heartwarming note, or your day, like mine, might have just become a sad one.

And:

What can we do? I don’t know, honestly. Anyone? I know we can donate to the world’s only elephant hospital, for starters. I’m interested in finding a way for elephant and our readers to directly support those helping elephants and fighting poachers, as well, if anyone has ideas or more info. My email is waylon(at)elephantjournal.com

Relephant bonus:

In 2007, orphaned baby elephant Chhouk was found wandering alone in the forests of Mondulkiri Province, Cambodia. Badly emaciated and separated from his mother, this endangered Asian elephant had lost his left front foot due to injuries sustained from a poacher’s snare.

Now his lifestyle has improved with the help of a prosthetic foot. Today, Chhouk is a healthy bull elephant, able to take long walks in the forest, frolic in the pool, and play with his adopted big sister Lucky.

To learn more about Chhouk, Wildlife Alliance, and to make a donation to Chhouk’s care, please visit our website at www.wildlifealliance.org

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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8 Responses to “If you need a good cry. {NSFW}”

  1. LssCHNhumansNxt30yrs says:

    Obviously the Chinese are getting richer and the African are getting poorer. The African or Vietnamese does not see any benefits in keeping and preserving their own animals. All the money just wasted trying to preserve the animals!!!!

    But good thing that China got one child policy in place.

  2. clare says:

    love that you are bringing attention. to this. hate the headline. it makes light of it. dont want to be critical but this is true misery. not a good cry. a bad cry.

  3. Jordana says:

    I agree with you clare. An unnecessarily misleading headline. I was wholly unprepared for the article. Nonetheless, fully approve of your shedding light on this.

  4. kate says:

    I was not ready for this at all. I would of liked some more warning before opening this.

  5. walkingtree says:

    is there a petition in circulation yet???

  6. jaimehall says:

    But good thing that China got one child policy in place.
    http://www.homeprotec-gevelwerken.be/uitslijpen_v

  7. traudy says:

    My heart breaks to read yet another article of mankinds complete disregard for life. I cannot bring myself to watch the footage. Why do I continue to hope for what is most hopeless here? Sometimes, I know not myself.
    What I do know is, that I refuse to be a living grave for butchered and slaughtered animals of any kind.

  8. pmafc says:

    This needs to circulate through Chinese social media, not here. Change the headline, it doesn't fit., if you write it so groups that work with international media/blogs can pick it up..then it will get picked up over there and there are actually quite a few groups interested in animal rights and education that are active in China, including PETA. If you find a way for them to see this, the pressure for change will come from within Chinese society.

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