Zhou Jinfeng: For Asian Elephants, Nature is Their Best Destination
2022/7/27 18:07:00 本站

At present, how does human society change from the thinking of industrial civilization to the thinking of ecological civilization? More and more people are beginning to realize that man and animals, man and ecology, man and nature are a community of life, which is the result of the continuous changes and accumulation of the trend of a civilized era.


Now, it just resonates after years of accumulation. Through people’s participation and dissemination, more and more people are paying attention to this work, and people are constantly thinking and researching to understand the relationship between humans and animals in the era of new civilization. Especially after the outbreak of the COVID-19, the understanding of people and Nature has also changed greatly. The new civilization requires us to change, there are some things we have to inherit, and there are many things we have to change.


Some people have different understandings of baby elephant performances, and this way of training and restraining baby elephants is considered to be a traditional and legitimate way. We know that these are all wrong. Because the age of civilization has changed. In the age of industrial civilization, animals were the objects of our conquest, and they were used as tools to obtain economic benefits. But there should be a fundamental change in our treatment of animals today, what change? The relationship between humans and animals has changed. Due to the destruction of habitats and the overuse of animals caused by the rapid development of industrial civilization, the earth has entered the sixth mass extinction, and wild animals are disappearing rapidly, almost every day. The collapse of the natural environment due to the extinction of wild animals eventually led to the collapse of human habitats. Therefore, scientists around the world have reached a series of formal decisions, including the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), and China has also launched relevant laws and regulations to clarify whether wild animals, including endangered wild animals such as Asian elephants,are not allowed overused.


Asian elephants are an important part of natural resources. Forests with elephants have much higher carbon capture than those without elephants. Why? Because the elephant eats the grass and the bushes, and finally its excrement becomes peat, which will continue to nourish the land to grow grass and shrubs, and at the same time the peat becomes fertilizer, making the trees in the forest taller. Its carbon sequestration ability and ecological adjustment ability enable forests to output clean air and oxygen for us. Elephants are also our most important allies in achieving our twin carbon goals, helping us achieve our twin carbon goals. They are also important allies to achieve the goal of biodiversity conservation. Elephants are plant seeders, which are much more effective than artificial tree planting. They eat fruits, then migrate and excrete dung containing fruit cores to grow new ones of grass and shrubs, scientists have discovered that they are important builders of our natural ecology.


The Wildlife Protection Law was revised in 2016, and the revision process has recently been launched. This is a game between different civilizations. In 2016, we proposed that the Wildlife Protection Law does not reflect adequate conservation of wild animals, and now it has been revised again. We believe that in terms of animal conservation, there is still considerable work to be done under the guidance of the idea of ecological civilization.We expect that this revision will be able to more widely accept the opinions of experts, scholars and the public, and to deeply adhere to the idea of ecological civilization, making this law a very clear and a superordinate law that can truly lead and guide us.


In fact, the debate about Molly the baby elephant has achieved great results. Through the baby elephant incident, everyone is guided to reflect on ecological civilization, biodiversity, and the relationship between humans and wild animals. Well, Molly, the baby elephant can return to the Kunming Zoo in Yunnan this year, which is a huge improvement. However, this is not our ultimate goal. Our goal is that Molly, the baby elephant and her family should return to nature.


So, we asked for the baby elephants Molly's family to be released into the wild and back to their habitat in Yunnan, not in a zoo. At the same time, we should also learn from this matter and further revise relevant laws and regulations, so that cities cannot build new zoos and aquariums, and zoos should also gradually transform, and advocate localized and scientific operations.


The road to ecological civilization is has just begun. The story of the little elephant Molly is also the beginning of a long journey. We must continue to promote more wild animals to return to nature and stop unsustainable animal use. The United Nations has a slogan called "biodiversity is life". Their lives are closely related to our lives. We should have a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of the idea of biodiversity and the requirements of ecological civilization on our behavior.


Original Chinese Article:https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/VPc0wkCnOJNffQtLOfwdZw

Translator: Daisy

Checked by Lucy

Editor: Sherry

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