Battle For Elephants Battle For Elephants Assignment Tristan Velazquez Cal Poly Pomona 1
Battle For Elephants Abstract One of the most devastating ongoing ethical battles that is going on right now, is the battle for elephants. Elephants are fascinating creatures that everyone loves to be around and see. There are huge, lovable creatures that can bring joy to people, but there is something that elephants have that bring joy to people and that is their tusks. The ivory from their tusks is one of the most prestigious items that Africa has to trade to the China. With China’s demand for ivory being so high, the African countries are starting to hunt elephants for their ivory to then sell them to China for extreme profit. Back in the day it used to be legal but because of the decreasing numbers for the elephant population, it is now illegal to trade elephant ivory. Even though it is illegal people still do it and it is causing a huge surge in the population of the elephants, to the point where they may soon become extinct. 2
Battle For Elephants The Battle For Elephants documentary shined a light on a huge ethical problem that needs to be put on high alert. The ivory that comes from the tusks of dead elephants are in extreme high demand right now and people are willing to pay big bucks to get their hands on them. Since the demand is so high and the price is too good to pass up, it gives business to some of the poorest countries in the world. The “gangsters” in African countries go out and kill elephants for their ivory to sell to people in China, where the demand is the highest for them. The main problem is that with all this killing, it is putting the elephants in danger of becoming extinct and they seem to not have a single care about that. 1. The buyers of the ivory and the sellers of the ivory see absolute no problem with what is going on and actually sometimes defend what they are doing is not wrong whatsoever. The reasoning why they choose to overlook that dilemma is because of the ethical theory of egoism. The ethical theory of egoism is an individual that only wants to pursue anything in their own self- interest rather than thinking of others. Since the sellers are only thinking about making money and the buyers only care about getting their hands on ivory, the hunting will not stop until they start to change their ethical ways. Another ethical theory that can defend the system of hunting the elephants is cultural relativism. The reason why I think cultural relativism can be used is because many of these hunters have grown up with male role models partaking in hunting. When they grow up most people follow what they were taught being brought up, even though it is not right it still happens.
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- Spring '15
- Ethics, ivory