The Tearful Elephant

Its here! Its finally here! My first artwork. I really liked this artist I got from Fiverr coming from Romania. I really like her simplistic but child friendly art. There are so many choices, options, and styles to choose from. I had to bite the bullet and just start with one. I hope to gain enough money to do lots of art. But a start is a start.

I think this one is the easiest and yet most impacting scenario to understand. A tearful elephant ghost sees that his tusk was just used for a gift on Chinese New Year. It strikes me as something that should people find a little unbelievable. That an elephant must die for just a gift. And for what, as a chinese new year gift…. Is that worth a life? I didn’t want to start off with something so dramatic. Just something easy to understand. There are no villains here. There is no immense evil. It is just regular people. And we need to break that myth and mold. As normal as it seems, you killed something beautiful.

I hope I can spread this on social media for Cambodians in Cambodia. They are at the center of trade route. We need to share and hopefully people learn. Its the start of something. I want to be a little different in showing that its just not terrible. But what is going on? We care for them, they die, its bad? Its more than that, they are beautiful creatures, they want to live, our reason for killing them is terrible. We need to do something about it, in the end, it is us causing the destruction. I’m very happy with the art and my progress. Time to identify some places to post up.

March 31st, 2017 – All Elephants Rejoice

Just four days ago, China has closed all its ivory factories. By the end of the year, it promises to close down all its retail shops. With much uncertainty, we have some good news with the price of ivory dropping for the past couple months. China had a large awareness program and the help of celebrities to curb the trade. Once education was out there and it was acknowledged that China’s trade was harming the elephant population, the stop to end the trade started. This goes back to my thoughts that education is key. Once you can teach people and get them on board, then that is the real way to stop it. I hope that this big movement continues to other countries and Cambodia can also educate its people as well.

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/30/chinas-legal-ivory-trade-is-dying-as-prices-fall

China Helping the Elephants?! Say What?!

You’re talking about hundreds and hundreds of years of culture and history when it comes to ivory. Its so deeply rooted in the Chinese and asian traditions about the powers of elephant tusks, rhino horns and other exotic animals. They can bring you great power, great luck or even in the bedroom some mystical bullcrap. But told for centuries and given such strength of validity from I don’t know how or where. But the nonetheless it is embedded in the culture.

So for China to come and want to help the elephants is absolutely amazing. Whether it will do any good will be remained to be seen. But in the end, at least they are trying and making awareness. There is not much to gain as a country to shut it down. In this New Year Times piece, you can read: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/31/world/africa/africa-ivory-china.html?_r=0

You can read all sorts of outcomes here.

Will this save the elephants? This is what experts on the plight of elephants say:

• It all depends on the price. If China simply shuts down its legal ivory trade but does little to combat the much bigger illegal trade, then the price of ivory (now about $500 a pound) will stay high, giving poachers an incentive to keep killing.

• Making all ivory illegal in China could actually push the price up, like illegal drugs.

• Neighboring markets will be crucial. If Vietnam, Myanmar, the Philippines and others do not take similar steps, then many Chinese will simply buy their ivory from other places, which will keep demand high.

• African elephants face other threats, including habitat destruction and increasingly deadly contact with humans. In Kenya, a truck speeding down a highway recently rammed into an elephant and killed it.

• Many elephants are also hunted for bush meat. China’s new policy will not affect that.

• If the Chinese government really commits to combating the ivory trade, then the price of ivory could collapse. Criminal organizations and poachers will then abandon the business, and Africa’s elephant herds could recover for the first time in years.

But with that, it comes down to enforcement. If you’re the #1 consumer and you can make a real stance. It will have real change. I am scared it will drive trade underground and to other Asian countries. But at least it will make it tougher to get. Hopefully other countries can adopt same policies and make a change. Also Africa, needs to step up its game and combat people from within. However the demand, if their is limited supply, the elephants can repopulate. One step forward is better than none at all!