Killing off the Elephants
WE let others kill the elephants
In our name we are letting this obscenity
Happen. Again and again until the elephants are gone.
It is easier than doing something
That might embarrass us or tire us
WE fear being accused of
Creating a scene by screaming out
Man's cruel derision to elephants
Who we already know mourn the deaths
Of those they love. Scientists are discovering
More and more about the internal lives of animals.
But what does this mean for the way humans behave?
Chop off the tusks, let the mothers die in the dust,
Take the baby elephant to sell it to a zoo
But the orphan baby elephant dies of sadness,
That's right let the ivory-addicts kill the elephants
Finish them off! All that lovely ivory. All that money.
No matter that Elephant gods feature prominently
In Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism across Asia,
Ganesha, Ganapati, Airavata or Vinayaka in India,
Erawan in Thailand, and Kangiten in Japan,
All sre "removers of obstacles”. We are killing our
Big brothers and sisters. Elephant brains
Are similar to humans’ in terms of structure
And complexity, with as many neurons.
They feel empathy not just for elephants
But for other species, including humans.
Elephants' sensitivity and their tendency towards love puts them at a
Disadvantage compared to us: brute, stupid, selfish humans.