Ivory Wars – Chad’s President personally involved in Saving Africa’s Last Great herds

Concerned about the increase of poaching in  Chad and the loss of  some of Africa’s Great elephant herds,  President Idriss Déby is personally involved in the fight against poachers.

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3 Responses to “Ivory Wars – Chad’s President personally involved in Saving Africa’s Last Great herds”

  1. Akhilesh Chipli Says:

    Dear Chad’s – President Idriss Déby,

    I am very happy to know that You are very much concerned about conserving Chad’s wildlife. With strong determination one can definitely win in this ivory war. We are with you sir.

  2. Laura Cotter Says:

    I am very glad to see that the President knows he must fight this enemy against poaching to save one of the most majestic animals we have on this planet. In today’s world, who needs anything made of ivory? All people everywhere need necessities. Anything made of ivory can be made of something else, like white plastic. I am sick of people placing value on something that is somewhat rare and making everyone think they need to own it, like ivory, or silver, or gold. Those items look ridiculous if you compare them to clean air or clean water or trees!!

  3. Gregory Chilcote Says:

    Elephants and other wildlife are thriving in many African countries, but only in those the animal is seen as a resource. A resource with an intrinsic value far greater than the sum of its’ parts (read ivory and meat). Without a renewable stream of revenue derived from the intelligent use of the resource (animal) the animal ceases to have any more value than can be had by destroying it in the most efficient manner and extracting the value of the ‘parts’ and pieces.

    Chad, blessed with an incredible habitat, capable of supporting wildlife in fantastic numbers has failed in its’ efforts to protect that wildlife by foolishly denying the most basic premise of economic; what’s in it for me? The Chadians have failed to place any value on their wild resource except the most basic value of the mass. Their people have no vested interest in the resource except to exploit it for immediate use. In short, they don’t protect the resource they use it…and they are about to use it up.

    What needs to be done is a multi-pronged attack to protect and save, then nurture, then manage the resource. Look to South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Tanzania and, of late, Mozambique and Uganda for the model. Each has learned the intrinsic value of the resource and is managing it accordingly.

    Chad needs to work toward a developing a big game hunting management culture. Such programs provide the cash resources to protect the habitat, herds while provide economic benefit and employment to the locals. This builds within them the value of the wildlife out of all proportion to the sum of its’ parts. Don’t let your personal prejudice allow the slaughter to continue…begin stopping it now, support sport hunting in Chad.

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