Elephants are one of the most intelligent mammals that walk the earth. Many recent scientific studies confirm this. They are among the very small handful of creatures that can recognize themselves in a mirror. They have burial ceremonies for their dead and revisit the graves. They communicate through vibrations in the ground. There is currently an illegal poaching crisis that has seen between 20-30 thousand of these peaceful creatures (unless provoked) slaughtered for their ivory tusks just in the last year alone! The biggest market or buyers are the new upper classes in Asia, especially China. There needs to be pressure put on their government by the entire world to stop allowing illegally obtained and smuggled ivory tusks into their country. It is an outrage and needs to stop. Africa is to blame also but most of their countries do not seem to hold any sway over their people as proven by all the illegal killing that continues 24/7. If we can somehow communicate to the people of Asia that they are aiding in the murder and extinction of one of the most intelligent animals on earth, maybe they will reconsider buying ivory products merely to show off their social status. It's just wrong and needs to stop. Here is the latest information from respected National Geographic magazine - http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/ivory/elephant-ivory-poaching-graphic
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