I like elephants and I like reading about them; sometimes* I even write about them. The article with so tantalising heading As Elephant Populations Drop, We Learn Even Their Footsteps Serve a Purpose thus I could not miss. The fact that it was written by a woman should have warned me. I am not suggesting that women are stupid, or that women journalists are more ignorant than their male counterparts. Still…
Ms Kaleigh Rogers: “A slate of new studies this week reveal two realities about elephants: they’re great at protecting tiny critters in their environment, and humans are terrible at protecting elephants.”
Politically correct humans are terrible at everything, as everyone, except them, knows.
Religious people would undoubtedly see the protection of ‘tiny critters’ not as a conscientious decision of nature loving and wise elephants, but a work of God:
“God’s wisdom and knowledge cannot be comprehended, and His decisions cannot be tracked as footprints in the sand. God has consulted no one and no one has advised Him. But because God knows all things He controls and guides all events for His glory and for our good “(cf. Ps. 104:24; Prov. 3:19 )
Politically correct “environmentalists” in their misguided search for what they are pleased to call arguments scratch the bottom of footprints in the savannah. Anyone who managed to see elephants walking through the bush can’t be unimpressed by damage they do to the vegetation (beside squashing ‘tiny critters’). In fact, just one of them would put a T-14 Armata tank driven by a vodka-soaked recruit to shame.
Ms Rogers: “A study published in the African Journal of Zoology details how the footprints elephants leave behind can fill with water, creating natural puddles that team with life. Researchers identified more than 60 species of aquatic invertebrates that colonise these puddles, from tiny mites to tadpoles.”
Tiny mites, tiny critters; it seems that the journalist Rogers learned a new adjective. Sixty species is nothing to brag about. Human skin harbours vastly more even tinier critters – “The human skin is a rich environment for microbes. Around 1000 species of bacteria from 19 bacterial phyla have been found.” If you ever happened to find yourselves downwind of feral environmentalists you would guess that that number is grossly underestimated.
Creating fanciful “biodiversity” reasons why we should be protecting elephants is certainly more career enhancing than, even coyly, mentioning Chinese and the Communist Chinese in particular. Lies and exaggerations do not help elephants, as, similarly, myths fabrication does not help Aborigines.
Politically correct humans are terrible at everything.
*/ Jumbo – August 2011
Chinese elephants’ sunset? – March 2012
Chinese, elephants and Combet – May 2012
The Green way – October 2013
I fear for elephants – January 2014
Chinese crush on ivory – January 2014
Greed without borders – June 2015
Socialism and the animal farm – October 2015