March 21, 2010,
Claire Montanaro

A UN conservation committee is meeting to discuss a tricky ethical dilemma to do with the sale of ivory - currently prohibited to prevent the poaching of elephants after thousands were killed just for their tusks.

There are stockpiles of ivory in Zambia and Tanzania, some of it confiscated from poachers years ago, some of it the tusks from elephants which died naturally.   Both countries are poor, and the sale of the ivory would bring them much-needed income - but it would resurrect the ivory trade and could lead to more poaching.

It is a difficult decision. I love elephants and would hate the thought of these magnificent creatures being under threat again.   However, hoarding is not helpful, particularly when the ivory could do much to help the people and wildlife of Africa, and the conservation efforts there.  Additionally, the creation of beautiful objects from the ivory will give pleasure to those who are able to buy and appreciate them, as well as employment to those who carve them.

Perhaps it comes down to generosity of spirit, community ethos, vigilence, education and trust.   I am more concerned about the Blue Fin Tuna, and am sorry more is not being done to conserve this and other species of threatened marine wildlife, which are so neglected.  There is still time - just.

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I am a spiritual teacher, channel and writer with a special interest in esoteric philosophy and the world in transition, who loves nature and wildlife.  My aim is to help your human and soul journey through spiritual wisdom, spiritual connection and the raising of consciousness.


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