Uncle Sam and the heffalumps

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12 November 2013

Nearly 100 African elephants are killed for their tusks every day [by poachers] to feed a huge demand for ivory trinkets from newly wealthy buyers in Asia, who see ivory as a status symbol.

Observation by contributor Suzanne Goldenberg in her article on the ivory trade in the London Guardian on 11 November 2013.


Goldenberg points out that the United States is at the forefront of the global fight to stamp out ivory trafficking. On 14 November 2013, on President Obama’s instructions, the US is to pulverise publicly its six-tonne stockpile of confiscated ivory gewgaws, worth millions of dollars, in order to send a message to traffickers that this is how their ill-gotten swag will end up.

Let’s hear it then for the good ol’ US of A.



 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.








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