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originally posted by: howtonhawky
a reply to: bigfatfurrytexan
we are either in or out
by allowing imports we have chosen to be in
we at this point have to be responsible for all aspects or remove ourselves from the situation completely
i am for the choice of removing ourselves if that is the will of our people.
we can not however allow money to overcome our morals in this manner
Then I looked at the side of the story that the media isn't showing: how the money used from allowing a hunter to kill an animal that is in the dying process is used to keep poachers from killing healthy animals that keep the herd viable
Zero sum thinking is not logical or rational.
The much anticipated results of the largest ever continent-wide wildlife survey, the Great Elephant Census, will be released tomorrow at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. The worrying finding: Africa now has 352,271 savanna elephants left in 93 percent of the species’ range. The aerial survey covered 18 African countries. In 15 of those, where information on previous populations existed, 144,000 elephants were lost to ivory poaching and habitat destruction in less than a decade. The current yearly loss—overwhelmingly from poaching—is estimated at 8 percent. That’s about 27,000 elephants slaughtered year after year.
Mr Khama said that his government had "actually banned hunting" but that Mr Trump's lifting of the trophy ban was "encouraging poaching in this country".
Mr Khama was speaking at the Giant's Club Summit in Kasane, which is discussing efforts to tackle the poaching epidemic which is killing tens of thousands of elephants every year.
Although the number of animals being poached for ivory has been dropping over the past few years, more elephants are being killed for their tusks than are being born, leaving them in danger.
At what point do the african nations get to have any say in how they manage THEIR country? And when will the US get its big, fat nose out of everyones business?