Running head: SAVING THE ELEPHANTS Saving the Elephants Virginia Riggs Cal Poly Pomona 1
SAVING THE ELEPHANTS Abstract Battling for the elephants comes down to more than just getting killing and selling their ivory. There are so many people involved from the poachers, to the dealers, and even the governments who allow these trade deals to happen. There are plenty of ethical reasoning’s behind why all these different groups of people are behind the ivory trade and poaching of elephants. While there is the war of those who are with the ivory trade there is also the group of people who are fighting to save the elephants for there own ethical reasons as well. There is now a ban taking place in China to stop the trade of ivory and this is the first of many efforts that will happen to try and get a complete ban of trading ivory. 2
SAVING THE ELEPHANTS Saving the Elephants Elephants are magnificent mammals; they show love and affection toward family and morn on lost members of their tribes just as humans do. Elephants are no longer looked at as these great wild mammals but looked at as a giant moneybag. The elephant population around the 1900’s was at about ten million, now the elephant population is as low as 5,000 as of 2013. (National Geographic, 2014). The reason for the population dwindling to such a low amount is because of poaching. Poachers have been killing the elephants in order to remove their tusks for ivory. The ivory is then sold into the market at extremely high prices. Recently this has mainly been going on between the Tanzania government in Africa to the government in China. If a poacher is able to get ahold of a male elephant the tusks together can weigh up to 250 pounds and be sold to China on the black market for up to $1,500. (2014). The poaching of these animals has also gotten more popular because Tanzania is such a poor country, being able to make thousands of dollars off these tusks helps them provide for the family and in hopes to get there country out of poverty. To other countries this raises a concern on if it is morally right or even ethical to do this. For those who are doing the poaching it almost comes down to the Heinz Dilemma. Even though this may not be ethically right they are doing it in order to save themselves and their families. (Hyder, 2017). Though there are many different outlooks on the poaching of elephants for their ivory and many different ethical issues that get raised to awareness as well. 1.)While there are plenty of people out there who are completely against the hunting of elephants there are still large quantities of people who support it. This could go back on to the ethics of evil pleasures. Doing something out of an evil pleasure is being able to take great pleasure out of something evil. (Shafer-Landau, 2015, p. 33) Even though killing these elephants 3
SAVING THE ELEPHANTS comes from an act of evil the people doing this get joy from it. Maybe not because they enjoy hunting these animals but because with the killing of one comes money. This brings joy not only to them but to those they are now able to cloth, house and feed because of it. Not only those
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