Animal Cruelty : Human Cruelty, Extinction, And Elephants Essay

1377 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
Animal rights groups have estimated that over 100 elephants are killed everyday by poachers. Poachers are bringing the elephant population close to extinction, the population has decreased by 50% in the last 35 years. Poachers are illegally killing elephants in Africa and Asia to use their ivory for objects such as piano keys and billiard balls. In 1989, an international ban was put on the ivory trade. The ban made it legal to trade in one’s own country, but illegal to export the ivory to other countries. Even with the ban, tourists buy ivory trinkets when visiting Africa and Asia, and some people believe it would be okay to export some ivory to help the economy in Africa. Ivory poaching should be stopped due to animal cruelty, extinction, and elephants are intelligent creatures. Animal cruelty is when someone deliberately hurts an animal or does not care for an animal responsibly. Ivory poaching is animal cruelty, because the elephant is tortured before it dies a terrible death. The poachers lay out cable snares, which are tied to trees, the elephants step into the center of the rope and it tightens around it’s leg. The elephant is then trapped there until a poacher arrives to kill it. The poachers use Ak-47 assault rifles to shoot at the elephant weakening it to make sure it doesn’t attack them. While the animal is still alive, they start to skin the heads. After they skin their heads, they saw off the elephants face to make sure that they get the whole tusk. The gigantic…

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