14 Sep '12, 5pm

Religious fervor drives elephant slaughter

mongabay.com September 14, 2012 Legal ivory trade failing to protect elephants The legal ivory trade is failing to protect elephants which are being slaughtered en mass across the African continent to meet demand for religious trinkets, argues a new investigative report published in National Geographic by Bryan Christy. The report, researched and written over a three year period, looked at supply and demand the elephant ivory market. It found that substantial quantities of ivory is being used to make religious trinkets including "ivory baby Jesuses and saints for Catholics in the Philippines, Islamic prayer beads for Muslims and Coptic crosses for Christians in Egypt, amulets and carvings for Buddhists in Thailand, and in China—the world's biggest ivory-consumer country—elaborate Buddhist and Taoist carvings for investors," according to a post on National Geographic News ....

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0914-elephant-slaughter-ngs...

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