My news story of the day comes from CBC News. It is a piece about elephants and being a lifetime elephant fan, I naturally had to check it out.
Unfortunately this story turned out to be sad and shocking.
The first shock came from how fast elephants are evolving in some areas. Elephants in Mozambique are rapidly losing the beautiful tusks that they have historically used to dig for water, strip barks from trees for food, and joust with other elephants. These tuskless animals are all females and they now make up two-thirds of live elephant births in that area of the world.
The second shock is that, the reason this elephant evolution became necessary, was to avoid extinction at the hands of illegal ivory hunters. These hunters were decimating the elephant population in Mozambique to finance both sides of a war effort there.
The third shock was a little side note. When authorities in Sri Lanka seized a massive amount of ivory tusks from these illegal elephant hunts, they ultimately destroyed them! I cannot believe they could not be turned over to some historical agency to be preserved or sold for a legitimate purpose. The funds from such sales could have provided financial help (medical assistance, food, housing, etc) for people in Mozambique. Surely that would have been far better than just destroying these tusks!
Altogether a sad news story today. It is hard to imagine that humans can be so greedy, bloodthirsty, and destructive. It makes one wonder what else the warmongers around the globe are destroying. Obviously, countless innocent human victims are just the beginning.
That is it for today! Take care, take care of each other and our vulnerable animal population, and have a great day. 💞