Most of these craftsmen have been doing this for many years some even before

Most of these craftsmen have been doing this for many

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Most of these craftsmen have been doing this for many years, some even before there was a ban on trading ivory, so it is not uncommon to see them still working on ivory to this day. It is just something they have been doing their whole life and won’t change no matter how consequential that will be for the elephants. 4. The Tanzania’s government has one of the largest vaults of confiscated ivory in the world. One of the biggest protests that most people did about the ivory was burn it so there could be no financial gain from them. In the movie, the official says they chose to not burn them but have considered selling them to help better the community of Tanzania. In my opinion, I think that because Tanzania is a poorer country, they want some financial gain for having all this ivory so they can better their community and country. An ethical theory that backs this up is the theory about Utilitarianism. Utilitarianism is about doing actions that have improves life around you. The Tanzanian government wants to improve their country’s life and they believe they can do that with making profits of their ivory but only in ways that will not promote ivory trade. In the movie, one official says that if there was money donated for them to burn the ivory they would burn it, so that proves that they just want the money to help them out and have no ulterior motive. 4A. Ivory trading and funding organized crime should never mix in my opinion. The only ethical theory that comes to mind when I think of this mixture if the theory of ethical egoism. 5
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Battle For Elephants This is pure greed from the organized crime mobs that want to take advantage of vulnerable governments that cannot seem to fight this problem off. If they start to get funded then it can lead to them becoming more powerful and they may even try to overrun the government if they get too powerful. The only way to ensure that they do not do that is to not fund them with ivory trade and to continue to fight against ivory trade. 5. The war on ivory is a daily struggle between the combatants. The combatants include the people against it versus the ones that hunt/sell/trade the ivory. The other combatant of this whole situation is the elephant themselves. This war is now getting deadly for the people who are now protecting these elephants at national preserved lands and national parks. At the Garamba National Park there are 140 wildlife rangers that are armed with assault rifles and grenades that are there to patrol and make sure there is no one trying to kill these elephants. (Gettleman 2012) The activists and officials partake in the ethics of virtue. The reason why they partake in the ethics of virtue is because they know that they need to help out the elephants and that it is morally right to help out someone or something that is in need. The other combatants, which are the hunters, sellers and traders, all can summarized of being part of the ethical theory of egoism and cultural relativism but with ethnocentrism.
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  • Spring '15
  • nicole
  • Ethics, ivory

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