Vanity Fair, August 2011.  “We are greeted by the nauseating stench of rotting flesh.  Fifty yards from the blood trail, the dead, decomposing elephant is kneeling in a poll of its own fluid, which is swarming with flies.  The carcass was covered with branches by the poachers so it wouldn’t attract vultures, which would alert the Kenya Wildlife Service’s pilots who make daily flyovers to its presence.  Its face is gone, hacked off by machete: no eyes, no trunk, no tusks.”

Such is the gruesome scene nourished by the demand from China’s “suddenly wealthy” who on their way to make riches for themselves have no concern for anything, including other people and the environment, let alone animals.

Agony and Ivory