Due to the high demand of ivory it seems a war has come about across continents

Due to the high demand of ivory it seems a war has

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Due to the high demand of ivory, it seems a war has come about across continents fighting for the remaining ivory. According to Jeffrey Gettleman from The New York Times, "Some of Africa’s most notorious armed groups, including the Lord’s Resistance Army, the Shabab and Darfur’s janjaweed, are hunting down elephants and using the tusks to buy weapons and sustain their mayhem. Organized crime syndicates are linking up with them to move the ivory around the world, exploiting turbulent states, porous borders and corrupt officials from sub-Saharan Africa to China, law enforcement officials say. But it is not just outlaws cashing in. Members of some of the African armies that the American government trains and supports with millions of taxpayer dollars — like the Ugandan military, the Congolese Army and newly independent South Sudan’s military — have been implicated in 4
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BATTLE FOR THE ELEPHANTS 5 poaching elephants and dealing in ivory" (Gettleman, 2012). I believe because the demand for ivory is so high, each side is taking a utilitarian stance and doing what is best for them and they are trying to profit the most and hunting first wherever they can. Many people are against the entire ivory trade and an activist would see it as horrific and morally wrong. When it comes to an activist’s point of view I trust Kantian Ethics and Ethics of care. In Kant's maxim and goodwill, the people in contradiction of this issue feel they are following the action in which they think everyone should stand by and commit to their duties to defending the elephants. In ethics of care they believe the action of killing these animals is morally wrong and should be abolished. I agree if a medium ground were to be created between the two it would be ethical under ethical egoism. Ethical egoism is about pursuing one's own self-interest and if each side understood each other’s point of views, and why each side is pursuing their course of action. It is in their best interest and both sides could create dialogue about why each side is pursuing what they morally consider as their best interest. From an ethical stand point it is morally wrong to just believe these animals as products. Elephants are capable of remorse and love, and to treat them like pure products is wrong in my opinion. I do not think a complete ban of ivory can happen as it is in too excessive of demand and the return for the poachers, and dealers is too great to just quit. Also, in the Chinese culture it is more to them than just ivory, it is seen as a tool to connect with ancestors. I believe the way to solve this issue is to have better security over the lands like they had with the chopper covering parts of Africa and even being allowed to shoot if need be (PBS, 20130) and be stricter about illegal selling/trading of ivory under the government. Under a law of utilitarianism where an
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