IVORY TRADE: THE VIOLENCE

I felt a sickening sadness as a breeze wafted the pungent decay of two rotting elephant corpses in my direction. In this beautiful Kenyan savannah there had been a terrible act of violence and somewhere nearby I knew we were going to witness the evidence. The wind played with us for a while, sending us in circles, but inevitably, behind acacia the terrible scene revealed the source of this stench. As a professional photographer I saw the horizon, the landscape, the dark blood, the corpses lined up; but I was haunted by emptiness, a feeling of loss. Elephants poached in Tsavo, Kenya 1988 © Dave Currey/EIA The killing of wild elephants for their tusks is above all, to me, an act of violence.

DOES WWF STILL BACK IVORY TRADE?

You might be surprised by this question but I can’t find any WWF ivory trade policy on their colourful websites although they have plenty to say about the “illegal” ivory trade. Don’t be fooled by the word “illegal” – few would ever admit to liking illegal activity – it’s not really a policy at all. It’s like us not supporting “illegal” killings – murder in most of our thoughts. So why do I question WWF’s ivory policy? If you’re horrified by the current killing of 30,000 elephants annually, confused or a supporter of WWF – read on. Elephant with calf, Tarangire, Tanzania © Dave Currey In a smoke filled bar near London’s Piccadilly Circus I met with John Hanks, WWF International's Head of A

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