I is for Ivory

| May 19, 2014
There is a troubling increase of poaching elephants for ivory in Africa right now– most if it sold in China. It is said that an elephant is poached every 15 minutes. It brings to mind many questions about one’s appreciation for aesthetics vs his or her civil responsibility. I struggle with how people can consume such a haunted piece of beauty. While I understand the aesthetic pleasure and satisfaction of possessing ivory, how does one justify owning it given the butchering of such a majestic creature? To what extent does a consumer separate him it herself from the story behind the aesthetics?
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/02/world/asia/an-illicit-trail-of-african-ivory-to-china.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Photo: NYTimes