How Many TONS Of Illegal Ivory Was Lost In The Philippines Due To Typhoon Haiyan?
.by Anura Guruge
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Something I am sure that many people around the World don’t realize, especially in the U.S., is that the Philippines, Cebu that was the bull’s eye for the super-typhoon being the epicenter, is the global capital for illegal, blood ivory!
Moreover, much of this blood ivory is used to carve baby Jesuses — so called Santo Niños. I, the professional cynic, find it ironic that a nation that is so Catholic and think that they have to show their devotion by buying illegal ivory baby Jesuses gets SLAMMED by the storm of the century — just a few weeks after a magnitude 7.x earthquake. I think Filipinos are some of the most beautiful people in the world (and yes, I have been to the Philippines) but many of them tend to be very superstitious and unworldly. Which explains why they feel the need to buy illegal ivory idols for their supposed protection. Well, if they were more astute they would realize that the ivory idols aren’t doing much to provide them with protection.
Anyway, a year ago, on my ‘Popes-and-Papacy’ blog, I ranted about the illegal, Catholic sponsored ivory trade in the Philippines. Here are some of the posts. So before you rush off to give them millions just factor in the crimes against elephants.