posted on Jun, 19 2009 @ 10:56 PM
Seal fur is "legal" in Greenland, although the manner in which they are harvested by clubbing baby seals to death is highly immoral. And seals are
by no means an endangered species!
Just because something comes with a "Seal of Approval" doesn't make it right.
And if you are thinking, "it's just a product from an animal. It's no different than using wool from a sheep or using leather from a cow that was
already being slaughtered for food." How would you feel about the investment trade of Bald Eagle feathers? (You did know that it is a Federal Felony
to be in possession of a single Bald Eagle Feather that you find on the ground, right?) Or, if you Chinese, how would you take the investment trade of
Panda foreskins? In both cases, the animal isn't killed, in most cases, to get those objects, but both are not only highly immoral but highly
Yes, ivory can be taken from an elephant without any harm coming to the animal. Yes, if it were a Rabbi performing the ceremony it would be
"Kosher". That act, in and of itself is harmless and nothing is morally wrong with doing such.
HOWEVER, by putting value on an object such as ivory, it creates demand, which generates a number of people willing to supply ivory at any cost,
whether it be inhumanely harvesting the ivory by slaughtering 60,000 elephants in one day, or starting revolutions, civil wars, and racial cleansings
to control the ivory trade.
Also, elephants are endangered species. Even despite the world-wide bans on ivory, they are still being poached into extinction to generate the
130,000 lbs of poached ivory smuggled every year out of Africa alone.
Until people stop buying, investing in, or turning ivory into a commodity, to stop the demand, then the poaching will not stop, just as it hasn't
stopped since the Convention of International Trade and Endangered Species of 1989.
Besides, elephants are the only other animal that we know of that are self-aware and cognizant. They are the second only to humans in the time in
which they nurture their young (14 years instead of 18 like humans). They are one of the only animals that have multi-generational family units like
we do (where children, mother, father and the inlaws live together). They are the only species other than us that remember their dead. They are the
only species other than us that show a wide range of emotions. For all the intelligence we give to dolphins, they have nothing on elephants. Elephants
really are the closest thing we have to intelligent non-human life on this planet. Is it fair that we drive them into extinction for the demand for
If people like Ivory so much, then why not try calcite, carnelian, lapis lazuli, basalt, limestone, soapstone, schist, turquoise, resin, or steatite
as viable alternatives?