This weekend many people will partake in the tradition of dyeing eggs. So it’s a fitting time to discuss dying ivory. More specifically the actual tusks themselves.
This is an idea that I first noticed on Facebook and is being presented in a petition as well. The theory is the dye while safe for the elephants, will serve as a deterrent to poachers. Anyone coming into contact, through selling or buying, will immediately know the tusks were poached. Of course theoretically no one would want to utilize the ivory in this form.
Currently similar tactics are being used in rhino horn, only the dye is more than just visible, it is actually toxic as well. Therefore, not only is it useless for display, it causes illness in anyone consuming the horn. The critics of this plan argue there is an ethical issue of poisoning people. But isn’t there an ethical issue in breaking the law to kill endangered species?
It’s incredible to think it’s come to this-dying animals to save them. But desperate times call for desperate measures. There is no effort or idea that can be overlooked when it comes to saving these creatures from extinction. If we fail, the price is too great.
To view and sign the petition, go to CHANGE.ORG