On the Killing of Elephants … Again 😢

elephants-2Look at the picture above.  Somebody please tell me why some men see those majestic animals and their first thought is to kill them? I will never understand it, but then I am a lover of nature and do not seek to destroy that which I love.  This week, Trump & Co, in their determined effort to undo every single thing that Obama did, have overturned a ban on bringing the heads of slain elephants into the country from the nations of Zimbabwe and Zambia.  Now, read this sentence and tell me if you see something wrong with the logic:

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) said it has determined that hunting African elephants in Zimbabwe and Zambia “will enhance the survival of the species in the wild.” 

baby elephant

 

“The decision, cheered by some hunting and gun rights groups, is a reversal of the policy under the Obama administration. The United States and international authorities say the African elephant is a threatened species, and the Obama administration argued that allowing trophy imports would harm the animals by encouraging killing them.” – Timothy Cama, The Hill, 15 November 2017

 

Dead elephant

“In 2014, the Obama administration curtailed elephant trophy imports as part of an initiative to protect elephants, whose populations were alarmingly declining, targeted for wildlife trafficking and ivory. As a result, officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia bolstered efforts to combat poaching and enact stricter systems to keep track of permits and quotas.

The Safari Club and the National Rifle Association, which challenged the ban in court, are celebrating the reversal and praising the Trump administration for recognizing the importance of “sound scientific wildlife management.”

By lifting the import ban on elephant trophies in Zimbabwe and Zambia the Trump Administration underscored, once again, the importance of sound scientific wildlife management and regulated hunting to the survival and enhancement of game species in this country and worldwide,” Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, said in a statement.” – Brianna Sacks, Buzzfeed, 15 November 2017

elephant and babySavanna elephant populations declined by 30 percent across 18 countries in Africa from 2007 to 2014, according to the Great Elephant Census published last year. The elephant population declined 6 percent overall in Zimbabwe but dropped by 74 percent within one specific region. Elephants saw “substantial declines along the Zambezi River,” in Zambia while other areas of that country were stable, according to the census.

The announcement to overturn the 2014 ban is expected on Friday.  Donald Trump promised his followers that he would reverse everything that President Obama ever did, and he has certainly been trying.  Every one of his attempts thus far has been harmful to the nation and its people:  reversing environmental protections, healthcare, labour standards, gun control, education and more. In most cases, the only reason for the changes are to spite Obama.  Why?  Well, we all know the answer to that.

elephant-drawing.jpgWhat makes a man hunt wild game anyway?  It is an expensive activity, what with travel, licensing and fees, so only the relatively wealthy can participate.  It is not, though some would argue, a sport, for there is no sport in murdering an animal with a high powered rifle, when the only defense the animal had was to attack you, but you shot him before he could come near.  The animal stands no chance against this …

rifleI cannot, I suppose, call this a crime against humanity, but it is most assuredly a crime … a crime against nature, a crime against … life.  Donald Trump and Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, must be toasting their achievement tonight, and Donald’s sons even more so …

I, however, am not.

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31 thoughts on “On the Killing of Elephants … Again 😢

  1. Hi, I have read some of your blog posts and I absolutely love them. This post in particular stirs emotions in me because I am currently a safari guide in South Africa. Trying to raise awareness and fight against poachers is unfortunately a harsh reality. Yet, I am trying to raise awareness through my blog. It would be greatly appreciated if you have a look at samhankss.wordpress.com and let me know what you think. Many thanks in advance.

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  4. Dear Jill,
    Tell me just one truly decent thing President Trump has done because I can’t think of anything. I love watching elephants which I think are amazing social, loving animals with feelings and they are smart. Killing them is not a sport, it is a form of evil..
    I am getting sick over all of this. It is time for another adventure.
    Hugs, Gronda

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    • My friend, I do not know of a single decent thing Trump has done. Not only in his short term in the White House, but from what I can tell, in his entire life he has never given a thought for anybody but himself. I agree with you … it makes me sick … an adventure sounds great! Hang in, my friend … I think it will get worse before it gets better, but I am grateful for you and the rest of my WordPress friends … we keep each other grounded. Hugs!!!

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    • It all boils down to the same ol’ same ol’ … money. The officials in Zimbabwe and Zambia say that if we allow trophies to be brought in, then more people will go hunt, spending more money, which they can then use to protect and preserve wildlife. You and I both see that this makes no sense, but that is why you and I are not politicians … we have too much sense and too many values/morals. Sigh. And in this all, the elephant loses. And the lions, tigers, cheetahs, etc. Hugs, dear Jack! ❤

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    Right on target … ‘I cannot, I suppose, call this a crime against humanity, but it is most assuredly a crime … a crime against nature, a crime against … life. Drumpf and Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, must be toasting their achievement tonight, and Donald’s sons even more so …’
    These people have no heart, empathy, respect for Nature … they are all for themselves. And, let;s not forget Drumpf’s purpose: obliterate ALL Obama!!
    #Sad …

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  6. At one time America contained twenty or thirty million buffalos. Slaughter was encouraged by the US government to starve out Native American populations and by 1890 there were less than a thousand left. Many were shot by travelers on trains on long trips. Such is the nature of Man , not content with conquest he must annihilate other living animals.
    Recently elephants have been set on fire with tar balls in India as they clash with human activity. This is a different although dreadful case partly the result of extreme poverty a fact often overlooked by us well fed rich westerners. The ivory trade was partly maintained by those who wanted to escape poverty but those who risked their lives were not those who waxed fat on the proceeds.
    The good news is the rat is thriving alongside us destructive humans and is clever enough to even multiply and defeat our efforts to destroy them. Should civilisation fragment the rat may end up much better off still , and this cunning and ruthless mammal is a good match for us.
    Mind you the bacteria are also in the running since they are now becoming antibiotic resistant , but the big drug companies are far more concerned with making money than open ended research.
    The Hunter is a primitive type of male but he had the excuse of needing food , yet the killing instinct remains . Oscar Wilde summed up Fox hunting in his marvellous way : ‘ The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable’.

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    • You are quite right in all you say, all of which points to the arrogance of mankind. There is a belief that mankind is the superior form of life, and all other life forms were put here only for man’s survival and pleasure. This goes even further and explains much of the reason there is such pushback on environmental and climate change regulations. Many believe the entire globe and everything in it is here solely for our convenience and enjoyment, thus they cannot or will not open their eyes to reality. Ecosystems are intricate things … destroy one small part, and the entire system is changed. Someday, the human race will wake up and realize their folly.

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      • Indeed Jill. Animals were not put here for our blatent cruelty. They have as much right to live on the Earth as we do, having evolved from the same stardust that we are all made from. It is a sad reality that humans are the only species that is out of step with the symbiotic rhythms of life. It is time that a few of us (it will never be all), create a new and life-giving symphony.

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      • There will be animals , plants and bacteria that prove far more adaptive than we are. Our civilisation hangs on a thread of complex technology that is easily disrupted by small changes, yet we know big changes are looming on the near horizon. Many believe our intellect and scientific prowess will ensure our progress , quite forgetting our greed may prove our downfall.

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  7. This is terrible news. And all because the Trump clan like to go and kill innocent animals. There is no bravery in facing these magnificent beasts with a firearm that will dispatch them from afar… This is a tragedy that will make no one great ever again. It is shameful hypocrisy on the part of government.
    I am beginning to think that I am living on an alternate planet. One that is filled with hate and destruction. This has to stop. Will no one stand up to this Lord Chaos…I am appalled and angry!😬

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    • I, too, am appalled and angry. It truly does feel like an alternate universe these days, as if we went to bed one night and woke up the next morning in a time and place that is no longer recognizable. Trump is a bully … a bully with power … and far too many are afraid to stand up to him, for he has already proven himself capable of retaliation against any who would thwart him. The danger, of course, being that if some do not start standing up to him soon, we will be living in an autocracy long before the next presidential elections would roll around.

      In this case of the elephants, it all boils down, as does everything, to money. The NRA and Safari Club pushed hard for this, from what I understand. NRA can sell more big guns, and Safari Club can charter more safaris. The loser? The elephants, and they have no voice.

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      • Maybe (if we are lucky), the deal will be rescinded if Robert Mugabe and his hench government are replaced by a more humane leadership. Zimbabwe needs very much to make the country into the great country it once was. Elephants, and other wildlife, and their protection are a part of that equation.

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        • Yes, I have been watching that situation and certainly hope it ends with a more humanitarian leader … soon! The wonton killing of animals just because one can is wrong and there can be no justification in my book. Can’t people find something better to do than kill? Read a book … play solitaire … learn to cook … something … ANYTHING!

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