"Such thinking is, we believe, anachronistic and neglects to take into consideration what scientists studying animal behavior in the wild have learned over years of research: that single animals are the building blocks of their societies," he says, and has a bevy of his own experts to back him up, from Dr. Rudi van Aarde and Dr. Cynthia Moss to Dr. Jane Goodall.
From an ecological perspective, it makes no difference whether the hunter is motivated by greed, poverty, or an incredibly tasteless and morally repugnant style of interior decorating. The world can't afford more losses of this endangered animal.
This latest tactic by the DSC to pressure USFWS for an import permit signals that it knows it is on the losing end of public sentiment and may even doubt its ability to meet the standards set out in the permit requirements.
IFAW will continue to urge the USFWS to reject the import permit request on the basis of not only science and conservation, but from a sense of ethics and morality.
--Jeff Flocken IFAW Regional Director, North America