I adore elephants. They are just big (around 13,000 pounds), beautiful animals -- harmless and chill.
They’ve been around for millions of years.
And yet heartless hunters want to do them in -- 35,000 are killed every year, according to an August 2014 article on nationalgeographic.com.
“Entire families of elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory,” says the piece. “The global appetite to own trinkets carved from elephant tusks has dealt a crushing blow to these plant-eating pachyderms that roam the forests and savannahs of Africa.”
From Asia to Africa, elephants are revered for their strength and smarts. Elephants employ their tusks for digging and defense but humans have sought the ivory material as a symbol of wealth for use in their artwork, jewelry, and ornaments.
Those intending to hurt elephants -- including organized crime syndicates -- need to back off.
Protectors of wildlife are on their trail, as evidenced by this February headline in The New York Times: “Ring of Elephant Poachers Broken Up by Tanzanian Authorities.”