I was wrong in saying the poachers needed the money to live. Instead, according to news reports, the poachers who are destroying their own ecosystem are terrorists financing their insurgency with the ivory. It is so very painful to hear of these atrocities, which will continue as long as ivory markets flourish. It isn’t only the Chinese who are buying ivory jewelry and sculptures, but the Thais and other east Asians are just as bad. At $1500 a pound of the tusks the slaughter continues.
And rhinos and tigers are dying for the most specious of reasons. Rhino horns do not cure illnesses; it is a myth the Chinese have endorsed for at least two centuries. I saw an affecting banner on an animal rescue site recently featuring a tiger and the caption: I AM NOT A RUG.
I cannot bear it. Where is God?