Saturday, March 23, 2013


It always irks me that the contraband/proceeds of crime when captured by the authorities usually go up in smoke (literally). For me, to see tons of stolen elephant tusks burnt is a travesty. Ivory, is a highly valuable commodity and regulated sale by the authorities of this contraband could return some finance to the people of these often underdeveloped nations where it happens. After all, the poor elephants have paid with their lives.
In Australia, any food products which are seized from criminals are destroyed – for obvious health reasons, but in this case a judge declared that the meat – T-bones, rump steaks etc. could go to feed the Tassie Devils – native and endangered species of marsupial (that carries its young in a pouch) of Tasmania. After all, their diet in the wild is carrion (stinking and rotten dead animals).

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