STATES CHRONICLE – The ivory trade in Africa is boosting because of a massive number of elephants killed by poachers. The terrifying deed brings a lot of profit. It is horrible how people continue to destroy part of nature to make a profit from killing innocent creatures. A new report has proved that the stock of ivory is not part of old piles which were preserved from a long time ago.
They are the result of elephants’ harvesting by the hunters which fueled the ivory trade. The study demonstrated that poaching developed a great deal in the past years, becoming more widespread as time passed by. This should raise serious concerns to the authorities who prohibited hunting.
They should take action against these cruel people who kill for money. Poachers are triggered by the tusks of elephants, and they shoot them thinking that a pound of ivory is valued at $1,500. Money transformed those people in monsters. These hunters knew they would earn a lot of money from killing elephants because tusks can reach up to 250 pounds.
Conservationists were wondering where it was all that ivory supply coming. They were not aware of the fact that the illegal ivory had as a source a series of recent elephants’ deaths. The research which was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences magazine proves the horrible truth.
The author of the study, Kevin Uno, who is a geochemist at Columbia University, has argued that he was shocked to reveal that the ivory was coming from killed elephants. The ivory trade was bound to boost due to killing such amazing creatures.
This problem needs to be combated through all the possible sources, using all the available means to reach and inform people through education. Those people need to be stopped through the intervention of forensics and law enforcement.
A recent survey has evidence that demonstrated that starting with 2007 until 2014, poachers killed approximately a third of the elephants leaving in the African savannah. The number of the remaining creatures is estimated to be about 352,000 elephants.
There were several attempts to stop the evolution of ivory trade. The ban which was imposed prohibited the illegal trade only if the elephant was killed after 1989. All the efforts seemed useless up to now. Authorities should reinforce their laws.
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