Religion and Ivory

One Man's Opinion

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As for the past few years I concentrated on the slaughter of the rhino; I did not write much about the other animals that are also getting wiped out. On the Rhino sites I see so many comments, about the Chinese. Now, I am not saying that China has a huge responsibility in the business, but to be accurate, the Vietnamese are the forerunners in rhino horn trade.

When it comes to the slaughter of the elephants, China is taking a leading role, of that there is no doubt. In China and Hong Kong, ivory is seen as precious material and is used in ornaments and jewellery. I think there must be millions of Ivory Buddha  statues in the world.  Most will be found in Japan. The Buddhist religious leaders say little in defence of the elephant. Recently a few websites selling Ivory Buddha statues have popped up, the biggest…

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