As the Obama Administration tries to tighten rules on ivory trade, celebrities and conservationists say their approval would help save tens of thousands of elephants slaughtered yearly for their tusks. But not everyone supports the new rules.
This year we’ve been learning a lot about the abuse of animals used for entertainment. The critically acclaimed film Blackfish exposed how Seaworld’s whales are confined and mistreated, leading to a dangerous situation for trainers. Sadly, elephants are in similar straits. While circuses and elephant rides look like fun, the story behind the scenes is grim for these wild animals.
Today, US officials will crush a stockpile of six tons of confiscated ivory items in an attempt to make a statement about “blood ivory.” But what if smugglers don’t take the hint?
Did you know about the simple way you can help save wildlife? Just buy a stamp, or a book of them, at your local U.S. Post Office.