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Ivory Wars –> The Elephants Bloodbath

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Another clip I made for You-tube




According to the Mail and Guardian, over 600 000 elephants were poached in the 1970s and 1980s!!

Worldwide concern over the decline of the elephant led to a complete ban on the ivory trade in 1990. Elephants have been placed on Appendix 1 of CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, which means ALL trade in elephant parts is prohibited. Some governments have cracked down hard on poachers. In some countries, park rangers are told to shoot poachers on sight.

Poaching has caused the collapse of elephants’ social structure as well as decimating their numbers. As the price of ivory soared, poachers became more organized, using automatic weapons, motorized vehicles, and airplanes to chase and kill thousands of elephants. To governments and revolutionaries mired in civil wars and strapped for cash, poaching ivory became a way to pay for more firearms and supplies.

23 000 elephants are illegally poached each year. 6% of all Africa’s elephants are brutally slaughtered so their tusks can be hacked out of their jaws. 

The killing stops with YOU!!

Stop the bloodshed. Don’t help to pay for wars in Africa. Don’t buy Ivory or even support stores that stock ivory. 

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The Clash of Titans

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These dramatic pictures show a clash of the titans as a protective mother elephant and a ferocious crocodile get into an epic tug of war in Zambia. The female elephant and her calf were drinking from the Luangwa River in the South Luangwa National Park when they were attacked.

The Crocodile launches its surprise attack as mother elephant and calf enjoy a drink
Baby elephant hides behind its mother 
Mother elephant is brought to her knees as the croc thrashes around
Mother elephant manages to turn away from the river, despite the crocs attempts to pull her in
With baby safe away from the water, mother elephant begins to flee, with crocodile still clamping down on her trunk
The mighty elephant drags the croc from the water
Despite the unwanted appendage, both mother and calf break out into a run
Freedom. Water gushes from her trunk as baby momentarily stumbles over the predator.

Despite their ordeal, mother and calf were spotted later that day drinking further downstream

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Lazy Sunday

Chuck Swift

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Chuck Swift from “Whale Wars” is the Bob Barker Captain and a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in the Animal Planet reality docu-drama.

Born and raised in Southern California, Chuck Swift has a history of involvement in conservation and animal welfare issues spanning the last 20 years.

Captain Chuck (“Whale Wars”) began volunteering for Sea Shepherd in 1990 and remained involved for nearly a decade. Captain Chuck Swift’s campaign roster includes the 1994 Whales Forever campaign in which Sea Shepherd was violently attacked by the Norwegian Coast Guard, multiple seal campaigns including the explosive 1996 confrontation in the Magdalene Islands, and a variety of other campaigns before and after.

During his absence from Sea Shepherd, Captain Chuck (“Whale Wars”) worked in various professions, earned a degree in Business Administration, a professional certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University, and as time permits, he continues his studies toward a Masters in Communication and Leadership. Since his return to Sea Shepherd in early 2009, Captain Chuck Swift has functioned as Sea Shepherd’s Deputy CEO, positively influencing both the administrative and ship operations sides of organization—most notably helping to secretly acquire, refit and then ultimately captain Sea Shepherd’s newest ship the Bob Barker during Operation Waltzing Matilda.
Captain Chuck (“Whale Wars”) believes that the time for talking is over, and prefers a direct action approach on behalf of Sea Shepherd’s customers (“the salty ones”) currently threatened by societal greed and exploitation. While serious about his dedication to the protection of marine and other ecosystems, Captain Swift maintains that a good sense of humor and positive attitude are critical to the success of any movement. Captain Chuck (“Whale Wars”) has been heard to say, “We should take our mission seriously, but never ourselves.”

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