Killing elephants for unnecessary ivory products is senseless

Each violent poaching completely disrupts the perfect harmony of the herd, leaving many baby elephants orphaned or killed, or wandering aimlessly, in shock and disoriented, left to die.

Elephants are incredible creatures, majestic and grand. Elephants have been symbols of spirituality and inspired artists and dreamers in many cultures. They are emotional and sensitive, intelligent and capable of complex emotions. They can laugh, cry, play and are herd animals so they form strong "family" bonds with the other members of their herd.

The elephant’s roaming, beauty, and their deep connection to each other continually amaze me. I've been working on an animal, human love story that stars an elephant and I am determined to bring the plight of the elephant to the forefront through meaningful storytelling.

I hope that someday elephants will be free to live, breed and roam without the horrible threat of poachers. I believe there are still people who don’t realize that poachers KILL these amazing animals for their tusks. I think some people believe tusks grow back like baby teeth and that they can be removed without harming the elephant.

Of course this is not true and these extraordinary creatures are senselessly slaughtered for money. Each violent poaching completely disrupts the perfect harmony of the herd, leaving many baby elephants orphaned or killed, or wandering aimlessly, in shock and disoriented, left to die.

All adult elephants are killed because they are fiercely protective of the other members of their family-herd and will charge and kill anyone who is hurting their loved ones. The elephants cry and scream and there is nothing they can do to fight against this human atrocity.

The ivory trade is horrific and I am absolutely appalled that the US is one of the top buyers of ivory.

For what?

That's the big question. Meaningless trinkets, jewelry, boxes, what could be worth the murder of such an exquisite animal? Nothing, in my opinion. I love elephants and I support the International Fund for Animal Welfare for helping to preserve and protect elephants for the next generation of spiritual artists and dreamers.

-- Melora Hardin

Melora Hardin is the featured tastemaker on LovingEco.com for the week of October 10, 2011. LovingEco is an online retailer of discounted eco clothing and natural products that gives back to charity, and during this week, a percentage of proceeds will benefit International Fund for Animal Welfare. Buy some great products and help support IFAW!

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