They Belong In the Wild Not on Shelves

by jessica.chouinard on October 19, 2013 - 6:35pm

The purpose of the article is to capture the attention of people about the possible poaching of elephant tusk some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. This article is specific to Uganda, but it is something that is common to countries around Uganda as well. The main point of this article is makes the readers aware that “in recent years poaching has increased across sub-Saharan Africa” (BBC, 2013). They also mentioned that the trade of ivory is banned yet illegal shipments are still being made to Asia, where tusks are turned into ornaments. What makes the issue chosen a social problem is that there is a difference between the ideal situation and the situation that is happening your now. This social problem is also affecting groups of people because it is creating to groups that have different points of view about this subject.

 

My opinion towards what is happening in Uganda is that once again people are exploiting a resource without thinking about the consequences of what will happen to the wildlife and if natural lifecycle. When you start messing around with the lifecycle of a certain region, the whole lifecycle is unbalance. Every species of plant or animal is affected. I also find it repulsing that we are letting thousands of elephants and rhinos die for ornament. Elephants and rhinos are now on the route of extinction for ornaments that could easily be made out of plastic or some other material. We as human beings tend to forget that once something is gone, we can no longer get it back and until we realise that if we continue on the path that we are today. There are going to be generations that will not be able to say that they saw an elephant when they go to the zoo. And I for one, do not what that to happen are be part of the generation that just let it happen

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24582325

Comments

I agree! I remember going to the zoo as a little girl with my grandparents and being so excited to see the elephants. I would love to be able to witness my grandchildren able to feel that same excitement towards elephants at the zoo as well. This would mean that we will have to realize that once an animal goes extinct, there is no going back. I agree with you when you say that certain ornaments can be easily made out of plastic or any other material; there is no reason that an ornament needs to be made out of something so precious. Is making an entire animal species extinct worth having an ornament made out of elephant ivory? Not at all.

I'm commenting on this because I am outraged at this mistreatment of elephants. I too do not wish to be part of the generation that contributes to the extinction of certain species. Elephants are powerful creatures and should be respected, not butchered for their tusks. If people want ornaments they should go to the store and buy a pretty table, there's no need to murder for no reason, other than for decoration and shows of power. Even in Asia people use them as 'medicine' although doctors say that it's still pointless killings, because the tusks have absolutely no beneficial properties to humans, it's all just superstition (BBC 2013). Can you imagine? An entire population being killed simply because of superstition.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-23991510

This article really caught my eye and is something that I never really thought about but it is a good point to bring up and for people to be aware about. Even though in America we only see elephants in the zoo, they are important to the wild and I think that all animals should be able to live in peace and not to be killed for their parts. I can't imagine a world where elephants are extinct and they become just stores being passed down, kind of like dinosaurs. I wish the governments in Asia would better monitor the trade of ivory to try to stop this problem. This was an eye opening article and I agree with everything you said.

I agree with so much in this article. Seeing the elephants at zoos has always been my favorite exhibit, and I can't imagine what it would have been like growing up not being able to see my favorite animal. It is very true that humans really do face the consequences of the saying, "you don't know what you have until it's gone." If elephants keep dying like this just for decorations that could be made from other materials as stated, they will eventually become extinct and people won't realize how great of an animal they are until it is too late. More attention needs to be brought to this issue. Not many people realize how serious it is.

I think that your topic is something that many people are uneducated about because it is not a well-known practice. I love animals of all types and think that poaching should get more publicity because of the dangers it can cause. Although you did touch on some important points about poaching, including the danger of causing a species to become extinct, I think that it would have been beneficial to discuss the practice of poaching and why people do it. According to The Humane Society, poaching is mainly profit-driven. Some people want a trophy, some people love the hunt, but many are looking for the money (The Humane Society, 2013). It is important to recognize that many people make a living off of poaching. By obtaining one tusk, it can provide support for their family for years. If poaching continues, it will not be long before elephants become an endangered species. I completely agree with you that when nature is messed with it can create imbalance. It reminded me of how bees are needed to support human life because they provide ingredients used in medicine. Elephants may not be directly needed for human life to continue but elephants are food for another species, which will then be affected by their extinction, and so on and so forth. Personally, I cannot think of a positive outcome of poaching but it would have been interesting to try to acknowledge that side of the argument as well. I really enjoyed reading your post and think it is crucial that this topic receives more attention in order for the practice to stop and for the animals to survive.

I haven’t heard much about this issue, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention. As an animal lover, it pains me to hear that elephants are being slaughtered for material gain. Elephants, in my opinion, are one of the sweetest and smartest species in the world, so this affects me even more. My main question is, how do we know if we are using products made from elephant tusks? I feel that if nothing is done to save these mammals, they may go extinct.

I think that too many people just think that animals are creatures with no importance but as you said, they are part of a cycle and it is important not to break this cycle. I think that as humans, we have in no possible way the right to treat animals the way they do in Uganda and especially if the reason of it is to make money. Animals have their place on earth and they deserve to be well treated because again, there is a whole cycle and it cannot be broken. Also, elephants is only one example on too many species who are used to make money and die for these reason. This is a really important subject that you wrote about.

This is a great article because it opens eyes to what is still going on. Elephants and rhinos are on the verge of extinction, and they are still being poached because of greedy hunters making tons of money off of them. If people refused to buy the goods made out of them, the problem would slowly decrease. The world needs to learn to protect its animals and resources, before it’s too late and they become extinct.

Elephants are one of the most beautiful creatures I have ever seen. It is so sad to see them become endangered just to make silly little ornaments that can be made from other various materials. I would hate to see elephants become extinct and agree that no longer being able to see them at zoos would be a tragedy. I am shocked that even though it is illegal people are still making shipments. Elephants are so interesting to me and I have not heard of this happening so thank you for sharing. I want to look further into detail and see if I can do anything to help the elephants and prevent extinction.

I agree with this article because it makes people realize that innocent animals are still being exploited illegally. These animals are on the verge of extinction because people are killing so many of these for their own profit. I wasn’t aware that this was becoming a huge problem but as I read your article I can imagine the huge debate between the people who want to continue this exploitation and the ones who want to stop it. This was a real eye-opener for me and it makes me feel bad for these animals.

I agree that the mistreatment of any type of animal is not okay. In my opinion all animals should live in their natural unchanged habitat. Animal extinction is on the rise especially elephants and rhinos. Each animal has their own special niche in the ecosystem by killing one species off we may be effecting the world in negative ways that we will not be aware of until it is too late.

This is so wrong, and I have always been against this. The only reason killing an animal is okay is if you have more than one purpose for the animal. For example killing a cow, you can get the meat and use the skin for something, a bison for meat, bones, and fur. Use all of it, not just a small part. It is so wrong that people think poaching is okay to do. Plus, like you stated it is effecting more than just one species. It effects plants insects, the life cycle. Poaching needs to be put to a stop!

When I first read this post, I wasn't sure what the true definition of poaching is. When I looked it up, the results were "the illegal practice of trespassing on another's property to hunt or steal game without the landowner's permission." I for one have always loved animals. They are such a beautiful and important part of nature. I think it is cruel and so morally wrong that people would kill thousands of animals for one object on that animal. I have so much repeat for old tribes in america that would hunt animals and use every part of the animal as a resource, and not let one thing go to waste. Every part of the animal was essential to them. This is the proper way to hunt and I believe is it the only ethical way to go about it. When I read this post, it made my stomach churn. Killing elephants for only their tusks to make ornaments out of them is cruel and awful. It would be different if they were using the whole body of the elephant for essential needs but they're using one part of it for something that is not essential. It is so morally wrong.

As an animal lover, this post caught my attention right away. I've heard about this problem before and I agree with your opinion on it 100%. It breaks my heart that there are people out there who can just hurt and kill elephants and rhinos like this just to have their tusks. I agree when you say that our society doesn't understand that once a species of animals is gone, it's gone forever. The people who contribute to this hateful act of violence to open their eyes and realize that they are killing off a species. If there are no changes made, these species of animals can go extinct. This is a cruel and selfless act that people are committing, and it needs to come to an end.

I think this is a very interesting topic and I love how you captured the readers’ attention right from the start with your title. When I read that, I knew it was going to be about animals, but not what specifically, and I had to read on to find out –and I’m so glad I did! I also have to say that I like the way you ended the article by relating it to yourself and people like you –saying that you do not want to see a day where children can no longer see elephants in the zoo. I think this was an important touch because we as Americans tend to see the world only in terms of what is happening to us; why should we care about something happening in another continent? This article puts it into perspective by saying that it is an issue that affects us all because it disrupts the balance of the wildlife and the Earth that we all live on.
My only criticism is that you could have made this just a tiny bit longer –maybe went deeper into the issue by talking about the origins of this practice or why it is happening in Uganda of all places. As long as you have your readers’ attention, why not? But overall, very good work!

I strongly agree for many reasons. Fist, I guess it might be naive of me to say but I did not know that poaching was so prevalent in these countries still even with it being illegal. But it makes sense because people do illegal things all the time. It is important for this poaching and ivory trade is further stopped because it could lead to over hunting and extinction of elephants. From growing up with an environmental scientist as a father I was influenced by him to care a lot more about recycling and the well being of the environment. Elephants are beautiful creatures and with many species going extinct already from poor environmental conditions, we don’t need to be putting elephants at risk also. I liked that you chose to write about this because people (like me) who do not know the extent to which poaching and ivory trading occurs, need to be educated on the topic so hopefully something can be done about it.

I completely agree with your opinion regarding this article! Poachers seem very oblivious to how their activities will affect the natural world and wildlife around them, no matter what animal they are poaching. I am very big on animal rights, so this issue obviously bothers me a lot. If this issue is not confronted on a larger scale, we may lose some of the most important animals that walk this earth.

I definitely agree that these people are not considering all the consequences of their actions, and that their actions have many more effects than they realize. They are exploiting the resources, and also destroying the wildlife, and disturbing the lifecycle of the wild. These animals are being illegally poached which is wrong in and of itself, but what they are doing, I believe, is also morally wrong. Killing an animal, to obtain a part of them, that is used for the person’s monetary benefit only. Every person poaching these elephants, are making them one step closer to extinction, but they don’t care. And when it gets bad enough, other people are going to have to work harder to stop it, and preserve all the animals that are actually left, because of other people’s careless choices.

I definitely agree that these people are not considering all the consequences of their actions, and that their actions have many more effects than they realize. They are exploiting the resources, and also destroying the wildlife, and disturbing the lifecycle of the wild. These animals are being illegally poached which is wrong in and of itself, but what they are doing, I believe, is also morally wrong. Killing an animal, to obtain a part of them, that is used for the person’s monetary benefit only. Every person poaching these elephants, are making them one step closer to extinction, but they don’t care. And when it gets bad enough, other people are going to have to work harder to stop it, and preserve all the animals that are actually left, because of other people’s careless choices.

We need to standing together against an illegal resource business from around the world and not animal only.