China Talks About Saving Our Endangered Wildlife, But It's All Talk
Today, most tigers skins, Elephant tusks and Rhino horns end up in China, but the road there is long. India itself has virtually no demand for Tiger parts but they are the leading supplier to fulfill China's demand. After the locals kill the animal, Maoist guerrillas, Nepali smugglers, and other middlemen transport various parts across the Himalayas or through Burma before reaching China, where they fetch astronomical prices due to the animal’s perceived benefits for health and virility.
Entire Tiger skeletons soak in gigantic tanks to make tiger bone wine, believed to increase vitality, or qi. Tiger Skins, Elephant feet, become interior decorations. Tiger claws, Elephant teeth made into lucky charms. Even the animal’s feces are used in Chinese traditional medicine.
India and China both talk big about saving endangered species but it's just that.. Talk.
At a recent Elephant conservation conference, we reported on one of the Chinese delegates actually having the audacity to ask some of those attending how he would be able to purchase elephant parts, specifically the feet and trunk.
It was an amazing story to report because it seems the Chinese government is clueless when it comes to actually accepting the fact, that people really do care about saving endangered species and that some of their government leaders are getting paid by the very people they claim they are attempting to stop.
No amount of petitions or calling out governments for their conduct, will ever have any meaningful results. They have all been done before, China, India and a host of other Far Eastern countries will display their outrage at even being accused of such vile treatment toward these beautiful creatures and immediately counter with their “Look at what we have done to protect these animals” talking points.
Normally these diatribes end with “America and their high and mighty values... They shouldn't talk, they have Rodeo's.” Well, excuse us, we aren't perfect and we never said we were but, we aren't washing down our tiger feces pill with our Tiger bone wine, while sitting on an elephant foot stool.
India can talk all they like but, you only have to look as far as Kerala to see what is more important to them, their voodoo festivals or stopping Elephant cruelty. If India wants to start dealing a death blow to their Tiger poaching or their Elephant abuse problems, then they can start by arresting farmers and poachers, shutting down temple festivals and closing the well known trade routes through the Himalayas, because, until then nothing will stop the slaughter of Tigers or the whipping and chaining of Elephants, until India starts acting like they care.
China continues to be without-a-doubt the biggest problem. As drugs are in the U.S., while there is a market for their illegal wears there will be traffickers. Without a market to sell their product, as with any corporation, they will go extinct.
China has powerful mouth pieces in organizations like the WWF - The World Wildlife Foundation as it's accomplice in the illegal trade of Ivory, lets China do as it pleases. China knowing they can put on an Ivory destroying show as they did a few months ago and the WWF will sing their praises for it.
This is an excerpt from an article on WWF
The world’s biggest consumer of trafficked ivory—most of which comes from elephants illegally killed in Africa—destroyed more than 6 metric tons of seized elephant ivory today. This move is a hopeful signal that China is firmly behind international action to stop rampant elephant poaching and illegal ivory trade.
The WWF knows what China is doing, and who the politicians are that profit off of the killing of these magnificent creatures, but to protect their donations and their "In" with the Chinese government, they not only remain silent, the WWF provides China with cheap talking points, and orchestrated photo ops.
Wildlife Planet is truly sick of China and their talk and photo ops. We have reported hundreds of stories similar to the one we posted earlier today about a Sumatran Tiger killed in India by a wire trap set up by locals. Every single "(Insert endangered animals name) Slaughtered" story, China is always the destination to where the bones, fur and whatever else is salvageable, inevitably winds up.
Mid April, Thailand impounded 511 Ivory tusks shipped from Mombasa disguised as tea. This would have been like any other illegal ivory shipment from Africa, save for the fact that some of those tusks are said to be exhibited in an on-going court case in Kenya. Who, then, has the muscle, resources and chutzpah to remove exhibits as big as tusks from the protection of the court, package them disguised as tea and ship them out of the country under the very noses of the police?
A report by the Interpol last year revealed that over 13 tons of ivory were impounded yet some of it managed to still find its way into the market. How many Elephants had to die to raise 13 tons of ivory? Let's do some math... A full grown male tusk weighs in at 135 lbs, (A female is 20 lbs) So a full grown male elephant can provide 270 lbs of ivory so that means roughly 100 elephants died. Anyone knows that these 13 tons of tusks were not all from full grown male elephants, some were sure to be females and younger bulls. So it is not far fetched to say at least 200 Elephants lost their lives so China can have a key chain, lucky charm, or some Chinese male can get his groove on.
In another report towards the end of 2014, an ivory consignment destined for China was impounded and a few weeks later, another three tons of ivory were found in a warehouse in Mombasa a city in Kenya. In 2014, China’s presidential jet was used to take ivory out of Tanzania. China might talk a good game, but articles and reports such as these prove China is a major player in the illegal poaching of endangered animals.
In a 2007 survey, the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) discovered that 70% of Chinese polled did not know that ivory came from dead elephants. Now before you condemn the Chinese public, Wildlife Planet reminds asks how many of the United States citizens knows that PETA has killed 33,000 dogs and cats in the past decade? 97% of the animals who arrived at PETA's Virginia kill-shelter, were killed within minutes after arriving. PETA has even been convicted of stealing peoples pets and euthanizing the animal before the family, even knows that PETA stole the pet from their front yard. Google PETA and Maya for more details.
Until China joins this century and starts moving away from their ancient traditions, stops believing in superstitious nonsense and stops killing and eating anything that, at one time had a heartbeat, then the Tigers, Rhinos and Elephants along with many other endangered animal shall be lost.
In the end the only thing we can do is to elect politicians who will care and will pressure and even sanction China until they change their ways and it is up to us to educate more and more people about these amazing animals and where all that Ivory they so cherish is actually coming from.