Elephant: “Help Me! Give Me Back My Teeth!”

This is part of a series of attention-grabbing photos from a conscientious artist (stock photos) to expose the plight of the animal trade, it’s illegal business and the perpetrators who take advantage of it.

What an amazing beast! An elephant is a tall, large-eared mammal that has a snout elongated into a muscular trunk and two incisors in the upper jaw developed especially in the male into long ivory tusks of tropical Africa. Have you seen this photo? A bleeding elephant who lost his teeth (tusks). So graphic but true.

The trunk is used for breathing, bringing food and water to the mouth, and grasping objects. The tusks are derived from the incisor teeth, serve both as weapons, tools for moving objects and digging for water and roots, for marking trees, and clearing paths. Also used to attack and defend. Elephants have roamed the land of Africa and have been allies helping with domestic work, protection and safety.

Elephant orgy poaching is a term used for encroaching, trespassing hunting and killing for their ivory. Ivory is the hard, white dentine material that composes tusks and teeth of animals. To remove the tusk is painful essentially harming and killing the elephant because what we see on the outside is a big powerful tusk but the rest is in a socket in the skull.

The obsession of ivory for art, ornaments and medicinal purposes has diabolically increased in the late 20th century. Ivory is traded … a business transaction and China is the biggest market for poached ivory.

Commercialism and greed has capitalized on the ivory trade which has contributed to the decline in the African elephant population. There have been good people who have noticed and want protection for elephants from captivity like in zoo’s and circuses. People with good intentions prompted international bans on ivory imports, starting with the United States in June 1989, and followed by bans in other North American countries, western European countries, and Japan.

Sadly, In June 1997, an international conference in Zimbabwe, delegates from 138 countries voted to ease a seven-year-old global ban on the trade in ivory.

Photo: Stock photo

Shark: Help Me! Get Back My Fins!”

Sharks are threatened by commercial and recreational fishing. Have you seen this meme? It’s breaking my heart!

A shark is a marine fish of medium to large size that have a body that tapers to the end and a tough usually dull gray skin. Sharks are predators sometimes dangerous to humans ‘But’ many shark populations are threatened by human activities.

Certain countries and its inhabitants from early times like Japan, Australia, India, Iceland , etc have had access to food from the sea. Sharks as food meant survival. Sharks were not endangered back then. Notice that these countries are bordered by seas and oceans.

Food preparation was mostly in sushi and sahimi in Japan; fish and chips in Australia, and powdered shark seasoning in India. For Icelanders , it is a national dish where havested sharks are cured, fermented and hung to dry for 4 to 5 months. Like an aged blue mold cheese or even green mold cheese, this dish Hakari is an acquired taste.

Sadly, globalism and commercialism equals greed has capitalized on the creatures of our oceans for profit and have diminished our beautiful, glorious and smart sharks. During a four-year period from 1996 to 2000, an estimated 26 to 73 million sharks were killed and traded annually in commercial markets and so much more in our time. No longer for nourishment but ‘Traded’ meaning a business transaction occurred and still occurring for enormous quantities or for sport to hang on a wall.

In our generation, the early 2020s there are good people, Greenpeace, organizations & sanctuaries, conservations, Shark Trusts, etc. all have the good intentions to fight and inform nations and its people to plainly not eat sharks and other marine life.

AS the photo translates to please “STOP SHARK FINNING!”

Photo: Stock Photo