Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Haley Reading Group: Bryan Christy’s “Tracking Ivory”
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2016)]
Cynthia A. Campbell
Bryan Christy’s article “Tracking Ivory” focuses on the slaughter of African elephants for their tusks. Christy illuminates the need to follow the route from the initial slaughter of the elephants to the destination of the plundered tusks. Ultimately, the article speaks to Sudan’s complicity in slaughtering elephants and allowing violent militias to trade confiscated ivory for financial and military gain.
Christy’s discussion of the statistics of the number of elephants killed was especially enlightening. At one point, Christy notes that “some 30,000 African elephants are slaughtered every year, more than 100,000 between 2009 and 2012” (14). This point indicates that there is an alarming possibility that elephants can and/or will become extinct.
After reading Christy’s article, what was one point concerning the plight of African elephants that caught your attention? Why was that point or passage important to you? Please provide a page number citation.