This is what 600 dead elephants looks like:
Elephants are sentient beings who mourn their dead.
The demand for elephant ivory is stronger than ever in mainland China and Thailand. Ivory is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat fevers, nosebleeds, convulsions, and even stroke. I’m calling bullshit on Chinese medicine. There is a similar kind of bullshit regarding tiger bones, fur, teeth and balls.
There has been a huge jump in wildlife poaching in Africa in the last decade alone, mostly fueled by the demands of rich folks in China.
What can we do about it? Stop buying shit made in China? Write letters? If Jane Goodall couldn’t stop the destruction chimpanzee habitat, what can I do here in Chicago when I hear news like this? I don’t know. I’m frustrated and sad. I’m haunted by a video I once saw of an elephant caressing its mother’s dead body, and eventually her skull and bones. For weeks. Months maybe.
I know you’re all preoccupied with the election, but if you take 90 seconds to watch this video, maybe it will mean something. Maybe it won’t. But at least you can be a witness for these 600 great African elephants and remember them, for whatever it’s worth.
Editor: Lynn Hasselberger
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