The Elephant, Ivory And Trade

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For many years, the population of mammals has been declining. One mammal in particular that caught my eye was the elephant. The elephant population has been decreasing significantly. One elephant species in exact has suffered more than others, which is the African elephant. In Gao and Clark’s words “African elephants (Loxodonta africana) are in great danger” (Gao & Clark, 23). This essay will review the factors that triggers humans to kill African elephants and the main cause humans are killing African elephant’s for. Although, humans might have valid reasons as to why they kill innocent elephants, the killing of mammals doesn’t service the circumstance that the planet is losing that specific specie, which is something that it 's hard to…show more content…
After, iron tools were invented, which started increasing the human densities in forest zones (Barnes, 179). According to Barnes, human densities were low until the16th century, right before iron tools were seen (Barnes, 179). These tools helped farmer clear their way in the forests, making it easier for them to farm (Barnes, 179). After the ivory demand from the Roman’s, the Chinese started doing the same thing, demanding for ivory which is still currently growing (Barnes, 178, Gao & Clark, 23). In more recent years, the ivory used has expanded in China (Gao & Clark, 24). The most common way ivory is used in China is for carving as a traditional art (Gao & Clark, 24). Ivory carving wasn’t well-known in the Chinese culture until later in the 1950’s, when ivory factories started establishing (Gao &Clark, 24). Afterwards, ivory carving became a major foreign-currency-generating industry in cities around China (Gao & Clark, 24). The industries failed a little after the Cultural Revolution that occurred in the years between 1966 and 1976 (Gao & Clark, 24). Ivory is used in many things but the most common way the Chinese culture uses it is by the following: figuring, ornaments, scholar’s articles, and vessels (Gao & Clark, 24). As ivory started to get popular in the Chinese culture, new stores started selling ivory. In around 1936, there has been calculated around 126 ivory facilities in “Da Xin” (Gao & Clark, 24). “Da Xin” is an ivory specialty street
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