Look­ing back in anger

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

I al­ways en­joy Mark Car­war­dine’s ‘My way of think­ing’, and found that his Septem­ber 2018 col­umn was par­tic­u­larly poignant, with his open­ing para­graph high­light­ing how try­ing to save wildlife is a never-end­ing task.

I was re­cently go­ing through some old boxes of mag­a­zines, and one par­tic­u­lar jour­nal, with the sim­ple name of Knowl­edge, re­ally caught my eye. One issue, from circa 1962, high­lighted the plight of an­i­mals in Africa who were be­ing caught in var­i­ous bar­baric ways for meat, which was then sold on the black mar­ket – while ele­phants were slaugh­tered so that their feet could be sold to make waste-pa­per bas­kets!

It does seem as if noth­ing has re­ally changed over the past few decades, and some of the en­dan­gered an­i­mals high­lighted back then are still hav­ing to be closely guarded and fought for even now. Un­for­tu­nately, it will prob­a­bly con­tinue that way un­less suf­fi­cient fund­ing can be found to en­sure these an­i­mals are af­forded the pro­tec­tion they de­serve. John Turner, Launce­s­ton

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