By Ana Bikic, William Coulthard
A Call To Artists…. How on earth are we going to explain the elephants' extinction to our children ?
Recent news about the destruction of six tonnes of ivory highlighted the global cull rate of elephants at 30,000 per year, with world estimates at 300,000, mankind is set to eradicate the lovable pachyderm forever in less than ten years or sooner yet. In the 1970′s when Pachyderms numbered 10 million, the cull rate for ivory was 100,000 per an-um until a group of artists dedicated their resources and talents with the World Wild Life Fund to change the public’s attitude and the cull rate dropped significantly. 30 years later the Chinese are circumventing the CITES Lusuka arrangement to only use 25 yr or older harvested tusks, The Chinese alone are buying and processing 80% of the murder of the planet’s most beloved creature, right before the eyes of the ECCAS. [Economic Community of Central African States\,The Central African Republic estimating only 17% remaining since 2010.
The people who consume products from the murdered elephants need to be shamed and ridiculed, they need to be held immediately accountable before the elephants become extinct. If we are not found to be poking fun, embarrassing them and using our freedoms of speech to show our utmost contempt for the nuevo rich Chinese using African animal products for vanity and superstition what should these freedoms be for ? If a particular country, region or town significantly consumes, processes or trades in these murdered animal products, whether for health, wealth or happiness, we have to sanction them with all artistic rhetoric at our means and as often as possible. Our politicians will only act on our behalf if we are unified in creating a stink about Ivory and Africa’s agony. otherwise… We will all have to answer to the very distrusting eyes of the next generation when they ask; ”What happened to all the free elephants ?”
Miami Art reviews calls on South Florida Artists to consider this challenge and work together to raise a stink about Blood Ivory and all it’s relative sins. More....