“The earth shall quake before them;
the heavens shall tremble:
the sun and the moon shall be dark,
and the stars shall withdraw their shining”
Every so often I feel deeply ashamed to have to co-exist on a planet with such a species as the human race.
I have reached the point where I no longer allow my inbuilt empathy, to bear any sense of loss over ‘Man’s Inhumanity To His Fellow Man.’
It’s become too normal, too everyday an occurrence and it’s almost expected nowadays, that someone, somewhere, has been an absolute bastard to someone else.
If they are not trying to maim and kill each other, they busy themselves devising ever more ingenious ways to corrupt or destroy whatever else gets in their way.
Humans truly are a vile species on the whole, it is an injustice indeed when comparisons are drawn between them and animals, as is often the case in the ever present media.
It’s insulting to the animals for one thing.
Also, in my opinion, humans, in their current incarnation, have forfeited any right they think they have to inhabit this planet, for another.
So-called ‘civilized’ human beings are the ultimate destroyers, they are not yet capable of seeing, and have remained unable to appreciate, nor live peacefully alongside each other, let alone any other life form on this planet.
How many species have humankind hunted to extinction would you say?
Big-Eared Hopping Mouse
Caribbean Monk Seal
Cebu Warty Pig
Chadwick Beach Cotton Mouse
Dusky Seaside Sparrow
Falkland Islands Wolf
Formosan Clouded Leopard
Goff’s Pocket Gopher
Gull Island Vole
Japanese Sea Lion
Madeiran Scops Owl
New Zealand Owlet-nightjar
New Zealand Quail
North Island Snipe
São Miguel Scops Owl
South Island Snipe
Stephens Island Wren
Syrian Wild Ass
Western Black Rhinoceros
A sobering list don’t you think?
Are you shocked in any way?
Any normal thinking person should see that the above list would be more than enough, that some switch would have been thrown inside the human brain, which recognised that nothing and nobody should be allowed to continue inflicting such utter devastation on species after species.
But no, according to conservationists, one of the most majestic among those who deserve to exist in peace on this planet, may be lost within a single decade.
Elephantae, or Elephants, have been around for 50 million years, in various forms.
A world without them would be unimaginable, but is now a very real possibility.
When any species ceases to exist, the universe feels it, stars visibly tremble as the loss radiates ever outwards, reaching far beyond anything that humans can even begin to understand.
But there are those that are watching.
These are the ones that know, that every time a species disappears by the hand of man, a natural disaster follows soon after.
To redress the balance in some way, perhaps?
Each instance of extinction is comparable to tearing a hole in the sky that can never be repaired, a universally accepted occurrence that mankind has ignored once too often.
In 1930 there were between 5 and 10 million elephants in the world.
In 1979, that number had fallen to between 1 and 3 million.
In 1989, there were approximately 600,000 left.
By 2012, there were between 250,000 and 350,000 Savannah elephants and between 50,000 and 140,000 Forest elephants.
Asian elephants numbered between 35,000 to 40,000.
Around 36,000 elephants in Africa are still being slaughtered each year despite a worldwide ban on ivory.
Victims of large numbers of highly organised, well-funded and heavily armed gangs.
In Kenya alone, 162 elephants out of a population of 35,000 were killed by poachers in the first six months of 2012.
That rate has not diminished.
Similar to humans, each elephant is an individual, and each has its own unique personality.
Also, like ‘some’ humans, they are peace-loving and compassionate, not only to their own kind, but to others.
Left alone they are bound together by a strong family instinct, remaining together for their entire lives.
Unless they are unfortunate enough to cross the path of a human that is.
Should any living creature deserve to share a planet, with one that could brutally and mercilessly hack the face off another?
For no other reason than the inherent cruelty and vanity that exists within the human race.