Animals, humans, stupid liberals, little snotty dying children and Nat Geo on Ivory

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Hugh Paxton’s Blog is an animal lover but this doesn’t mean that I love all animals. My dog for example. Last night it scoffed all the ingredients for my carefully planned dinner without tasting any of them. One gulp. Gone.

I love people but that doesn’t mean I love all people.

This animal lover thing taints many of my environmental and wildlife conservation arguments with liberal people who think they love people, especially poor people, and that anybody who loves animals is missing the point. Is inhumane.

A Hugh Paxton Blog Example:

When I talked about the importance of saving tigers to a Dutch couple they looked at me and my enthusiasm with the kind of expressions that I frequently see. Then the Dutch guy said with a look of utter moral authority on his face “I would rather save a single child than all the tigers.”

“Have you?”

“What?”

“Have you saved a single child? In your life?”

There was a brief silence.

We both knew the answer to that one. He hadn’t. I have saved hundreds. This ethically superior Dutch Cheese had not, I knew, ever been in a refugee camp, more to the point he’d never saved a child outside a refugee camp which to my mind is more important and helpful.

If it’s a refugee camp then there is a degree of authority and regulation. A kid there is unlikely to die unless it falls into an ineptly constructed pit toilet.

Most kids who need saving are in shit-hole huts in crummy neglected farms being raped by their uncles and neglected by everybody.

This Dutch guy had never held a snotty nosed four year old with full-blown AIDS clinging to his neck and wanting a hug and had been given a hug and a (slightly old) bear, nor had he delivered a five kilo sack of beef to help the snot nosed kid resume a bit of vigour.

He had never seen dead children lying all over the place in a fraudulent African orphanage.

But he assumed a higher moral ground over me because I was advocating tiger conservation.

I looked at this couple and knew I’d seen things that they would never see. Never understand. They’d never make the link between wildlife conservation and human well-being. It is unfair for me to assume a moral high ground?

Yes! It is! I’ve been to over 100 countries (not for beach holidays), met a lot of people, and I’ve seen the good and the bad and the potential.

Next time you meet somebody like my Dutchman and talk about elephants, and they say “I’d rather save one child than an elephant” stick the following in their face.

Grab a copy of September’s National Geographic – an extraordinary feature on ivory. If any liberal nerk ever argues that saving elephants comes second fiddle to helping starving children this will give you every possible counter-argument. The horrors of the trade far exceed slaughtered elephants!

It is probably the best Nat Geo feature I have ever seen!Search Results
Tracking the Illegal Tusk Trade | National Geographic

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/tracking-ivory/map.html
Elephant ivory is a key source of funding for armed groups in central Africa like the Lord’s Resistance Army. National Geographic commissioned the creation of …
The Human Toll of Ivory Poaching | National Geographic
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/tracking-ivory/
Ivory’s Human Toll. Armed groups, rangers, villagers—meet the people who are profiting or suffering in the central African poaching frenzy. Hear National …
How Killing Elephants Finances Terror in Africa | National …
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/tracking-ivory/article.html
Aug 12, 2015 – Armed groups help fund operations by smuggling elephant ivory. … National Geographic needs your help to protect elephants and to continue …
Who Buys Ivory? You’d Be Surprised – National Geographic …
news.nationalgeographic.com/…/150812-elephant-ivory-demand-wildlif…
Aug 12, 2015 – A new international survey reveals what’s really driving the demand side of the ivory market.
Ivory Worship – National Geographic magazine
ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2012/10/ivory/christy-text
Filipinos generally display two types of ivory santos: either solid carvings or images whose heads and hands, sometimes life-size, are ivory, while the body is …
The History of the Ivory Trade – National Geographic …
education.nationalgeographic.com/media/history-ivory-trade/
This video excerpt from that film explores the history of the ivory trade and the resulting devastation of Africa’s elephant population—from 26 million elephants in …
Exposing the Illegal International Ivory Trade on World …
tvblogs.nationalgeographic.com/…/exposing-the-illegal-international-ivo…
Posted by National Geographic Channels on August 12, 2015. (0). More ». ITHUMBA … The series opener, Explorer: Warlords of Ivory, premieres Sunday, Aug.
Watch a Ton of Ivory Get Crushed in Times Square
news.nationalgeographic.com/…/150619-times-square-ivory-crush-eleph…
Jun 19, 2015 – An industrial rock crusher pulverizes a ton of raw and carved ivory tusks and statues in Times … By Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic.
Explorer: Warlords of Ivory – National Geographic Channel
channel.nationalgeographic.com/explorer/episodes/warlords-of-ivory/
Investigative journalist Bryan Christy is setting out on a groundbreaking mission to expose how the ivory trade funds some of Africa’s most notorious militias and …

Hugh

One Response to “Animals, humans, stupid liberals, little snotty dying children and Nat Geo on Ivory”

  1. Stella Says:

    Wow, that Nat Geo feature is enlightening. I guess it shouldn’t be so surprising, but I didn’t know a lot of this.

    I wonder if your Dutch liberal has ever considered that it’s possible to help kids and tigers? It doesn’t have to be one or the other. But then that’s typical of the modern blinkered liberal. Being a classical liberal, I sometimes look at these individuals and wonder what went so badly wrong, and whether there’s any chance we can reverse it before our whole civilisation goes irretrievably insane.

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