The last elephants

05/02/2015 14:10

Wednesday March 4 broadcasted The last elephants, about the poaching of elephant tusks. For those of us who travel frequently to Africa there was no new information. However, we have not understood the completely crass attitude that characterizes today's ivory trade. On the one hand, the boast of a nouveau riche Vietnamese middle class and the Chinese handicraft industry in ivory. On the other hand, collectors who invest in an imminent elephant's extinction and thereby their ivory stocks worth fortunes.

100 years ago there were 10 millions African elephants, today there are less than half a million remaining. A decrease of 95% that is. Only in Tanzania an estimated 10,000 elephants are slaughtered each year, 30 per day. "There is a war going on, and we are losing it" a voice said from South Africa.

Changing demand in Asia is probably the only possibility to save the last elephants to future generations.