I have always wondered why SADC countries can’t harvest ivory from plentiful elephants.
For South Africa, putting elephants on contraception sadly limits ivory harvesting. Why not cull them and harvest the ivory and other products?
The meat would be given to poor communities. The hide can be sold to companies that sell hides to shoe and bag manufacturers.
The reason why ANYBODY can’t harvest elephants for their ivory and/or hide is because of the existence of the animal rights criminals. AND because our governments have been persuaded to listen to them. Indeed, I believe many African governments are on the animal rightists’ pay role.
Putting elephant cows on contraceptives is cruel and ineffective – because they require a booster every six months – and how do you know (out of a herd of 30 000) which elephants were NOT treated six months before, and which ones WERE so treated. Besides that contraceptives keep the cows in perpetual oestrus and that means they get no peace from randy old bulls. It is therefore cruel.
What most people do not know is that elephant hide recovered from a culling programme is much more valuable than the ivory that has also been recovered. Elephant hide produces a very high-class leather and should be used MORE on expensive furniture that for boots and bags.
There are a lot that people ‘who know the ropes’ and can tell the world about this sort of information. But the animal rights criminals block us all the way.