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Elephant Poaching and the Teachings of the Catholic Church

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Susana Gutierrez

on 18 December 2014

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Transcript of Elephant Poaching and the Teachings of the Catholic Church

Why are Elephants Poached?
Elephants are poached for the ivory in their tusks, which is later sold by poachers for a profit.
The Statistics
65% of the elephant population has been killed since 2002 in Central Africa.
The Church's Views on Animal Cruelty
The Catholic Church believes animals are God's creatures and therefore should be surrounded with providential care.
We show our respect to God by respecting and caring for all of his creations. This is a requirement of our faith.
What is Animal Poaching?
Elephant Poaching and the Catholic Church
Why is Elephant Poaching Wrong?
So Why Stop Elephant Poaching?
Yao Ming and Elephant Poaching
Animals bless and give glory to God with their mere existence, so they must be treated with kindness.
God entrusted the earth to all humans, and as caretakers, we must care for all animals.
To help protect God's creation the U.S. bishops created EJP. EJP helps motivate humans to care for creation to help prevent environmental problems, which could later affect the poor and vulnerable.
Animal poaching is the illegal crime of killing an animal, like an elephant, because it possesses something valuable.
Elephant poaching needs to be stopped because it can lead to the extinction of elephants.
"Care for Creation." USCCB.Web. 20 Oct 2014. <http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/care-for-creation.cfm>.
"The Universal Destination and the Private Ownership of Goods." USCCB: Catechism of the Catholic Church. Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Paragraph 2402. Print
"Environment." USCCB. Web. 20 oct. 2014. <http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/environment/>
"Chap. 17/Par. 2416." Compendium: of the Catholic Church. Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, n.d. N. pag. Print.
Hiesberger, Jean Marie. "Deuteronomy 25:4." The Catholic Bible: New American Bible including the Revised Psalms and the Revised New Testament. New York: Oxford UP, 1995. N. pag. Print.
It is illegal
Baby elephants are left traumatized after watching their family members being brutally killed.
Elephant poaching is killing the heritage, economy, and livelihoods of different cultures like the Samburus.
Thousands of innocent elephants have been killed for the ivory in their tusks.
As humans we must care for God's creations.
There are about 600,000 elephants left in Africa.
Yao Ming, a famous retired basketball player, has vowed to spread the message of stopping elephant poaching.
By: Susana Gutierrez
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This teaching can be found in the Catechism, under Paragraph 2402.
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