Apple - Pressure China To Stop The Elephant Slaughter
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Apple - Pressure China To Stop The Elephant Slaughter

    1. William Carpenter
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      William Carpenter

      Winter Springs, FL

Elephants are being slaughtered in increasing numbers for their ivory. Poachers using military helicopters round up the elephants and shoot them from the air, destroying whole herds at once.

Today, September 4, 2012, The New York Times carried a lead article entitled, "Africa's Elephants Are Being Slaughtered In Poaching Frenzy".

Quoting from the article: "Africa is in the midst of an epic elephant slaughter. Conservation groups say poachers are wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year, more than at any time in the previous two decades, with the underground ivory trade becoming increasingly militarized."

“China is the epicenter of demand,” said Robert Hormats, a senior State Department official. “Without the demand from China, this would all but dry up.” He said that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who condemned conflict minerals from Congo a few years ago, was pushing the ivory issue with the Chinese “at the highest levels” and that she was “going to spend a considerable amount of time and effort to address this, in a very bold way.”

In addition, the outlaw Lord's Resistance Army is participating, quote: "Several recent escapees from the L.R.A. said that Mr. Kony had ordered his fighters to kill as many elephants as possible and send him the tusks."

Since China is the biggest source of demand for ivory, and Apple Corp. has a substantial interest in China utilizing manufacturing facilities there, Apple is in a position to exert substantial pressure on the Chinese to stop the illegal ivory trade. Without the ivory demand from China, the slaughtering will subside, and local officials will be able to better control it.

Here is the link to the New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/world/africa/africas-elephants-are-being-slaughtered-in-poaching-frenzy.html

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    • Johnnie Anderson PORTLAND, OR
      • almost 2 years ago

      Elephants are godly beautiful loving animals...they love their families and have no concept of shooting ...how can they fight against man....god placed man in charge of the animals and planet. I knew when China made deals it was only going to be disastrous for AFRICA...PLEASE KICK CHINA OUT OF AFRICA....

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    • Martin Laurence CHICAGO,, IL
      • almost 2 years ago

      It is appauling that humans slaughter these animals for the purpose of greed. Humans beings are the overrated species if this how we behave. It disgusts me to my core.

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    • steven ripo ESSEX, AE
      • almost 2 years ago

      always china?

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    • Katrina Pobke PORT LINCOLN, AUSTRALIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I am NOT ready to accept a world without Elephants, just because wealthy people want trinkets!

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    • Dianne Carlson SURREY, CANADA
      • almost 2 years ago

      Apple, a huge corporation with a lot of influence could really make a difference by joining in the call for China to stop the illegal ivory trade, a call that would do much to stop elephant slaughter.

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