P a u l J a c k o
Anybody who read The Animal Farm knows that the rules are for other people, not for the ruling class. That is what makes politics and socialism in particular so attractive to dishonest people, who can indulge in their criminal proclivities with relative impunity.
God, if the Old Testament is to be believed, advised to use animals for the benefit of mankind, a natural and logical advice, approved and followed by the generations until the recent, politically correct times. Admittedly, the mankind tends to cut and paste moral admonishments to suit its inherent immorality and greed.
One example is the exploitation of an American bison. It is estimated that prior to European settlement of North America there were approximately 50 million animals. By 1890 the number was down to around 2000. However, the common sense prevailed, indiscriminate hunting stopped and now it is estimated that the total herd size is in the 500,000 range.
In Europe the hunting was regulated by the aristocracy for its own selfish reasons. If a peasant had enough meat why would he bother to till his master’s estate? For the sake of a balanced diet perhaps? We may leave the subjects of arable land, forestry and population pressures to the experts, but it ought to suffice to say that nowadays in Europe, as in northern America, hunting is a regulated, expensive and time consuming pastime. The numbers of wild animals are stable and one could say that in the civilised places animals fare well.
With a few exceptions there are no huntable animals left in Asia, though I would not blame, as some do, the supposedly callous Oriental attitude to animals and life generally. More people, evolution, genetics –who knows? See Fog of Chaos – Greed without borders.
So here we go again:
“Police in Vietnam have seized more than 700 kilograms (1,500 pounds) of rhino horns and elephant tusks believed to have originated from Mozambique, state media said Friday. The haul of prized animal parts was discovered hidden in two containers on board a ship carrying ground stones at the central port of Da Nang on Thursday, Tuoi Tre newspaper said.
“The elephant tusks weighed 593 kilograms and the rhino horn chunks weighed 142 kilograms,” the report said, adding that the illegal shipment had come via Malaysia….
Communist Vietnam has long been accused of being one of the world’s worst countries for trade in endangered species…
… Tusks and other body parts of elephants are prized for decoration, as talismans, and for use in traditional medicine. The rhino horn trade was banned globally by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1977.
But the trade has flourished in recent years, particularly thanks to demand from Vietnam and China with devastating results for Africa’s rhino populations. There are around just 5,000 black rhinos left on the planet and an estimated 20,000 white rhinos, mostly in southern Africa.
In 2011, the western black rhinoceros, a subspecies last seen in Cameroon, was declared extinct.” http://phys.org/news/2015-08-rhino-horns-elephant-tusks-seized.html
Whether you approve of Barack Obama or not, you will agree that whatever he does is to the detriment of freedom, democracy and civilisation. Thus, unless you stop for a moment to think about it, you could be puzzled by the following:
“Washington (Sept. 25, 2015) — In a historic accord to save Africa’s elephants from out-of-control poaching, President Barack Obama and President Xi Jinping agreed Friday to end commercial ivory sales in the United States and China.
The announcement marks the first public commitment by President Xi to end ivory sales in China, the world’s largest market, and follows a pledge made by Chinese officials in May to phase out the domestic trade. … A recent survey found that over 90% of ivory sold in Hong Kong was being smuggled into mainland China.”
What is going on? When Obama and Xi Jinping agree on something it is either a piece of paper not intended to be acted upon, or a media smoke screen to fool the willing to be fooled, or to the prejudice of mankind. However, the recent arrest in Tanzania of Yang Feng Glan, a 66-year-old Chinese national, a.k.a. “Queen of Ivory” could not have happened without approval by the Chinese politburo.
“Tanzania has accused Yang of smuggling 706 elephant tusks, weighing about 4,200 pounds and worth about $2.5 million, according to The Citizen, a local newspaper. She faces up to 30 years in prison, the U.S.-based watchdog Elephant Action League reported.
Glan is thought to have come to Tanzania as a Swahili-Chinese translator in 1975, when China began to build a railway in the East African nation, according to Elephant Action League. Tanzanian law enforcement says she began trafficking ivory as far back as 2006.
Described as “extremely wealthy and extremely connected” in China and Tanzania, Glan owned businesses, including a large restaurant, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city, and she was even serving as the secretary general of the Tanzania-China Africa Business Council.”
It is unlikely that comrade Glan will spend many days in jail.
It would seem that too many got on the lucrative poaching and smuggling act, the supply is exceeding the demand and the profit margins are going down. The Chinese, the monopolists at heart, and the command economy adherents, may have decided to adopt de Beers‘ business plan and perhaps even finance a movie a la Blood Diamond.
Perhaps a different gang wants to take over. The politburo will have the final say. The rules are not for the ruling class. The elephants, rhinos be damned.