At the beginning of the TV show Trophy the other night, a crawl ran across the screen saying that in 1979, there were 1,300,000,000 elephants in Africa; now there are just 130,000. Last year, 1,100 elephants were shot by hunters, 30,000 were killed by poachers! Unfortunately, the money raised by regulated hunting and tourist safaris is only a fraction of that needed to stop those who wantonly kill elephants for their tusks and other parts. At the same time, here in the U.S. government is spending $6.8 billion on pork belly projects for politicians to “bribe” their local constituents. Hmm, maybe we could donate a little from the pork belly fund to save a few elephants?
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