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December 9, 2014

Our grandchildren will be born into a world without Elephants. [Warning: Graphic]

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This isn’t hype. This is what’s happening.

Elephant Slaughter, Ivory Sales “Out of Control”: Wild Elephants Could Disappear Within a Generation (phys.org) 

Death Spiral: don’t just read this. Act or it’s over.

Death Spiral? That’s right. Fewer elephants, less supply, skyrocketing value, increased hunger for ivory in Asia.

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“Skyrocketing demand for ivory in China—the wholesale price of raw elephant tusks has tripled in just four years since 2010—have sparked a booming trade in smuggled ivory that is driving the unsustainable killing of elephants in Africa,” said the report released in the Kenyan capital.

“Every metric on the ivory trade has exploded upwards in recent years. The prices of raw and worked ivory in China, number of licensed carving factories, retail outlets both illegal and legal, items on sale, all have shot up,” they said.

“Meanwhile the weight of ivory seized and number of elephants being killed in Africa have also increased.”

The number of legal ivory stores in China shot up from 31 in 2004 to 145 last year, while the number of ivory carving factories increased from nine to 37 over the same period.

elephants rangers chinaGraphic: Rangers and their dog look at the bloated carcass of an adult elephant after poachers removed its head to get at the tusks in the Ishasha Valley of Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-12-elephant-slaughter-ivory-sales-conservationists.html#jCp

Wow. The NRA is opposed to an ivory ban:

In February, the Obama administration moved to tighten the rules on ivory sales in the United States, one of the world’s largest markets. In June, New Jersey became the first U.S. state to agree on a complete ban. Yao and WildAid want China and the United States to follow suit and for the world to reinstate the complete ban on ivory exports that was in place from 1989 to 1997. They also want renewed efforts to curb the trade in rhino horn.

It won’t be an easy sell. President Obama has to overcome opposition from the National Rifle Association, which is concerned about the value of guns with ivory-inlaid handles, and China must halt a traditional carving trade that is thought to date back five millennia and tread on the toes of powerful vested interests.

“China is a rising economic country. More and more people are living in better economic conditions now, but we have to balance our desires,” Yao said. “If we don’t balance that, it is pretty obvious we cannot live alone on this planet. If there is a list of species going extinct, I am pretty sure we won’t be last on that list.”

“Either we come together now to make these the last days of ivory-funded terrorism or we witness the last days of elephants in the wild.”

Visit lastdaysofivory.com to get informed and take action.

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Waylon Lewis, founder of Elephant Journal & 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 | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, touches on modern relationships from a Buddhist point of view. His dream of 9 years, the Elephant “Ecosystem” will find a way to pay 1,000s of writers a month, helping reverse the tide of low-quality, unpaid writing & reading for free online.