I received my National Geographic magazine a few days ago and took a look at the cover. I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach. The pictures on the cover show a dead elephant having his tusks cut off and a photo of two grinning morons holding up a couple of tusks.
I put the magazine down and don’t intend to pick it up again.
The cover also told me that 25,000 elephants were killed last year for their ivory tusks, which go to China after having been carved into flowers and birds.
The World Wildlife Fund, to which I contribute specifically for elephants, is trying to get world religious organizations to try to stop this slaughter.
I don’t think so. The only thing, I think, that will stop these money-hungry cretins is action by the government of their country.
I suggest that our State Department advise these countries’ leaders that all monetary help we send them will cease unless they send their armies to capture these poachers and sentence them to death — and that sentence is imperative and could be by firing squads and televised on every African television station.
I had to get this off my chest because the loss of these magnificent creatures is happening and is permanent.
I trust The Tribune and its readers to help me do something.