Journal 6 by Jami RiegelAgony for Ivory
The Ivory trade is the commercial, often illegal trade in ivory tusks from mainly elephants but can also be from hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal, and mammoths.
Between the years of 2008 and 2013 there were estimated to be around 30,000 to 50,000 elephants killed each of those years alone. The slaughter of them is horrifying; ivory dealers employ and arm the poachers with machine guns, who in turn target entire herds, shooting them and then hacking off their tusks with an ax or with a chainsaw.
Then the tusks are fed into the illegal international trade, that is controlled by highly organized criminal syndicates. Demand for the tusks are located in Asia, Europe, and the United States to be sold as jewelry, piano keys, and priceless religious art objects.
Right now we have a bloody history in ivory trading but we need to do our part to change the history for our future loved ones by not buying anything that is made with tusks and also with the help of National Geographic and with an organization called Born Free, which this is where I received most of my information. www.bornfree.org.uk/animals/african..../ivorytrade