Jambo! That is the greeting tourists in western Africa hear daily. In fact, in Swahili it means “problem” or “matter”. It ought to have a question mark, but why complicate things for the rich and thus benighted whites. “Jumbo”, as everybody knows, means “elephant”. The better, though probably ungrammatical title of this article could be Jumbo jambo.
So now to the practical jambo, sorry, matter. One kilogram of ivory will cost you US$1,200, plus a cost of a return air fare to Shanghai or Hanoi. It is not exactly cheap, in particular when considering you may have to bribe somebody to be able to bring it home. In Australia, whilst not impossible, it is exceedingly dificult. If your home or place of business is in Asia, especially in one of the Market-Marxism embracing countries you have no problems. African elephants Loxodonta africana have been moved down the list of endangered species compiled by International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rating goes from 7 – extinct, to 1 – no concerns. The elephants are now in the third spot – vulnerable. Numbers are somewhat misleading. Whilst in central Africa there is a problem of too few, down south it is a problem of too many. In Africa as a whole, in approximately 30 years the numbers increased from 500,000 to 600,000.
I have seen the damage the elephants do. They eat what they want and casually destroy everything in their path, not worrying about the next week’s forage for themselves or any other herd of elephants which might follow them. Occasionally, when they get intoxicated by eating over-ripe fruit, they go on a mindless rampage.* That leads to an inescapable comparison with the greenies, who, instead of on fermenting marula, get intoxicated on applied Marxism.
Elephants here,there or anywhere; the significant variations in population numbers in different geographical locations never enter the main stream greenies’ minds. For them animals or environment are only emotional props in a sideshow screening the real political agenda. Of course, there are genuinely concerned people who are not tainted by the left, world government ideology, and also a lot of misguided people, some of whom may even dream they could reform the environmental movement from within and return it to its original purpose. Unfortunately, they are an inconsequential minority. I would like to believe that perhaps the Kenya based Save the Elephants organisation is one of the few relatively apolitical ones. Recently the tusks of 58 elephants, worth US$1.3 million were intercepted at Nairobi, and burned.
In the last two years, the price of ivory doubled. The demand is increasing and so is the poaching. The demand is from nouveau riche Mao-Marxists in Asia and herein lies the problem. It is an article of green socialist faith that as the human rights are only infringed by right wing governments, the environment can not be possibly harmed by socialist/people governments. Therefore the Chinese smugglers with diplomatic passports, even when intercepted, do not get the publicity the non-communist countries’ diplomats, would, deservedly, get. It would be pointless to blame the African governments, which survive only as a front for the Chinese take-over of Africa, but we ought to blame and shame our media and pseudo-environmentalists.
And if our journalists had any integrity or at least apolitical curiosity, they would investigate the disconcerting reports that our brave famine alleviators engage in the business of smuggling ivory and rhinoceros horns out of Africa in hardly ever inspected containers, paid for by our donations.
*/ Scientists from University of Bristol claimed in 2005 that elephants cannot possibly get intoxicated by consumption of marula fruit. I do not know, but have they ever seen an elephant, not to mention a drunken one? Did they work it out on a computer model? How far integrity-wise is U/Bristol from University of New Anglia? Sorry, but I would not be asking those questions ten years ago.