What Rampant Environmentalism Gets Wrong   Leave a comment

I oppose the killing of animals for their ivory, but I also oppose stupidity. Alaskan Natives eat walruses, which are not an endangered species. They use the whole animal and make beautiful scrimshaw pieces from the ivory.

Image result for image of shed walrus tusk on beachMoreover, walrus break their tusks in fighting with other males. If you visit a recently vacated walrus beach, you will find several tusks just lying there in the sand. The Inupiats gather them up and use them in their art work.

http://www.wpxi.com/news/business/senator-to-etsy-let-alaska-native-artists-sell-ivory-work/695383158

Environmentalists are so irrational that they can’t see the difference between African elephant ivory and any other kind of ivory. They believe, foolishly, that the only way to stop the African trade, which involves the horrific death of elephants and the meat isn’t even harvested, is to ban all ivory world-wide.

It bothers me that people in Africa – hunters and artists – can’t make a living off of a traditional material, but African elephants are legitimately endangered and I’m told their meat is not exactly tasty, so yeah — find another way to make a living.

But Arctic walrus aren’t endangered and their meat is part of the traditional lifestyle of the Alaska Eskimo peoples. It is a waste of a resource to throw away the ivory. It would be like me harvesting a moose and refusing to let my dog have the bones or not giving the rack to an artist to do something with it. Plus, most of the ivory is collected rather than killed which makes it a great deal like the rack of a caribou (who shed their horns yearly and these are used in Alaska art by both Natives and non-Natives).

This is just plain stupid and I don’t blame my friends in the coastal villages for being upset. Etsy needs to set aside the rampant environmentalism and look at the reality of the situation.

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