"In the last 30 years, the African elephant population has
declined to about 35 percent of its original numbers."
Conservation Biologist, University of Washington
Elephants are very emotional animals with the capacity to love deeply. When baby elephants are rescued after losing their mothers to poaching, they wail in grief and exhibit fear and great emotional pain. They can even die from the trauma.
From Born Free:
Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa was released April 21, and its findings are truly alarming.
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"Ask not what an animal can do for you; ask what you can do for an animal." Jasper
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created for men." ~Alice Walker
The source of the quote is Walker's preface to Marjorie Spiegel's 1988 book, "The Dreaded Comparison" . Her next sentence was, "This is the gist of Ms. Spiegel's cogent, humane and astute argument, and it is sound."