Ivory Trade (1) - Week 8 - Varsha Ramnarine Singh

Week 8

Schmidt, Michael J., and Richard Ross. “Working Elephants.” Scientific American, vol. 274, no. 1, 1996, pp. 82–87. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/24989359

In Schmidt’s article, he discusses the use of elephants in the Myanmar jungles to help transport logs for logging. When this article was published, Myanmar was one of the last countries in the world who continued the tradition of logging through the use of elephants. Through the declining population of elephants, this traditional way of life is put in danger of being lost in addition to losing the Asian elephants that remain. The suggested solution is to breed elephants to not only revive the elephant population but to keep this tradition alive. Schmidt’s article is one that highlights the consequences that come out of the ivory trade and why it should be stopped in terms of preserving the elephant population and the traditions. This would be used to further prove that the ivory trade should be stopped. 

Sekar, Nitin, et al. “In the Elephant's Seed Shadow: the Prospects of Domestic Bovids as Replacement Dispersers of Three Tropical Asian Trees.” Ecology, vol. 96, no. 8, 2015, pp. 2093–2105. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/43495151

In Sekar’s article he discusses how the African forest elephant and the one horned Rhinoceros are vital to their environments. He explores how their capability to swallow and digest large fruit seeds without damaging themselves helps to fertilize and spread the seeds of many different fruit trees along with any other vegetation that they may consume. In this they play a vital role in their environments and without them it would suffer greatly. Sekar’s article is one that highlights the value that the African forest elephant and one horned Rhino play in their environment. This would be used to prove why they would benefit from the ivory trades end.