Looking back in anger
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