Chinese lust for ivory could kill one of world’s weirdest birds – the Helmeted Hornbill
The helmeted hornbill is being driven towards extinction – by a surge in the black-market demand for its ivory in China.
The bird – dubbed ‘the farmer of the rainforest’ for its vital seed-spreading role – has become the latest victim of organised wildlife crime, according to a report to be published this week by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).
Its ivory is now worth three times more than that of elephants, and illegal poaching is spiralling out of control….
When will they learn?
It brings to mind a prophecy of the Cree Indians: “When the last tree is cut down, thelast fish eaten and the last stream poisoned, you will realize that you cannot eat money.”