In Tsavo National Park in Kenya, an elephant named Mshale has escaped two poaching attempts and 4 poison arrows at the hands of poachers. The tusks on this 40 year old bull weigh over 100lbs and go for around 35,000 USD on the black market. While poaching attempts like this are incredibly tragic, the real issue is those that wear ivory.
Many wear it as a status symbol in their jewelry, clothes, and home decor. But the cost of presenting this high value black market good is overwhelming African wildlife, leading to thousands of deaths, both animal and human alike.
So if you see someone wearing dead animal tusk to show just how high class they are, please remind them that they are, in fact, personally responsible destroying the ecosystem. Because they absolutely are.