We may be the last generation to see elephants in the wild. Because people still want ivory.
Nearly two-thirds of all forest elephants have been killed for their tusks in the last decade, some 60 elephants per day. At least 30,000 elephants of all three remaining species have died each year in recent years. At that rate, wild elephants will be gone in just a few decades. All so their modified incisors can be used as a raw material for art in Asia or the bows of string instruments in Europe.
在过去的十年里，大约有三分之二的丛林象因被夺去象牙而惨遭猎杀，被猎杀的数量平均每天约为60头。近年来，在现存大象的三个品种中，每年至少有30,000头象死亡 。照此死亡速率来算，野生大象将会在短短几十年的时间里灭绝 。这样一来，加工过的象牙可被当做亚洲艺术的原材料或欧洲弦乐器里的饰片 。
In fact, the continued demand, along with the dwindling numbers of elephants, have pushed up prices for ivory. The resulting sales of tusks feed terrorist groups, not the poor. These extremist poachers employ machine guns, night-vision goggles and even helicopters.
Only one action can save the world’s wild elephants, according to Elizabeth Bennett, Vice President for Species Conservation at the Wildlife Conservation Society: close all ivory markets. Her analysis is in the journal Conservation Biology. [Elizabeth L. Bennett, Legal Ivory Trade in a Corrupt World and its Impact on African Elephant Populations]
International trade in fresh ivory is already banned. But legal markets persist in Asia, fed by confiscated ivory stockpiles and antiques. Inevitably, those markets serve to launder poached ivory and drive demand. Therefore, all ivory markets must be closed. Otherwise we may be living through the end times for elephants.
The panel had a veneer of gold and ivory.
2.string instruments 弦乐器
The song was first written for a piano player and jazz band, including reed, bass, rhythm and string instruments.
3.push up 增加；提高
Shops are no longer allowed to push up their prices whenever they want.