The Harm We Do to Elephants

Mutaz Hamad, Sports Writer/Opinion Writer

On September 30, seven elephants were found dead from poison in Sri Lanka. When talking about elephants people think of tourism because people view elephants as some sort of spectacle and make them do things for the benefits of human beings. In Sri Lanka it is illegal to kill elephants. While it is not clear of what type of poison they were killed with, people suspect that it was villagers who killed them for eating there crops. The reason for elephants to possibly come eating villagers crops is the expansion of villages and farms which make it harder for the elephants to gather and find food. People don’t really understand what elephants do for our benefit. Elephants are a keystone species, playing an important role in maintaining the biodiversity of the ecosystems in which they live in. Also during the dry seasons, elephants use their tusks to dig for water helping other animals in that environment. People are using elephants for their own benefits; they kill elephants and/or enslave them for profit and harm them senselessly. 

During that week when the elephants that were found dead, there was another incident where two elephants ran amok. Meaning they “behave uncontrollably and disruptively” ( These two elephants injured seventeen people during a religious procession in Kotte, Sri Lanka. When you sit back and think about how really poorly they are treating elephants to make them become their slaves and do what they need for money, it’s not surprising that they would be mad and become uncontrollable (the elephants.) People treat elephants bad when they need them for money and other activities. If we are going to start using elephants to our advantages, let’s treat them right and not take their land for our use. We need to start not only thinking of ourselves but thinking about other such as animals in our environment.

In conclusion, we need to protect elephants because the things we are doing towards them is not ok. Using them for profit and killing them for profit is not helping us. They provide different natural resources not only for themselves but for other animals as well. We need to take care of them instead of profiting off them.