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The elephant in the room, and what must be done

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The "white gold" trade is taking its toll on elephants and their numbers are being decimated at an alarming rate. The ivory trade is booming thanks to the "looking the other way" of officials in charge as greased palms bring some sort of justification of this heartless crime. To be fair, there are those who become the voice for these victims and of their safety and well-being. Although this trade's roots can be traced back to days gone by, what is causing concern is the rate of deaths occurring each month. 

The statistics show the rising figures which have shaken the fabric of accepted behaviour in our civilised society and the merciless torture of these elephants. Innate greed for jewellery and religious art objects may be reasons, but also with lax laws and with so many who escape the long arm of the law and grow more confident in carrying out this illegal trade right under the noses of the "protectors of the law" is of grave concern.

The problem is huge and seeing graphic photos of elephants hunted down and left to die a painful death, we simply can't give up. While we read accounts of animal lovers who have rescued many and spent their own funds to give them a better life, sadly these accounts are few and far between.

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