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In honour of Save the Elephants Day (16/Apr) ••• Elephant numbers have dropped by 62% over the last decade, and they could be mostly extinct by the end of the next decade. An estimated 100 African elephants are killed each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat and body parts. As of 2011, the world is losing more elephants than the population can reproduce, threatening the future of African elephants across the continent. #SaveTheElephants

Artwork by Amanda Mitchell | Direct message her on >>Instagram<< for inquiries about her beautiful paintings.

The day may come, when the rest of animal creation may acquire those rights which never could have been withholden from them but by the hand of tyranny… It may one day come to be recognized that the number of legs, the villosity of the skin, or the termination of the os sacrum are reasons equally insufficient for abandoning a sensitive being to the same fate. What else is it that should trace the insuperable line? Is it the faculty of reason, or, perhaps, the faculty of discourse? But a full-grown horse or dog is beyond comparison a more rational, as well as a more conversable animal, than an infant of a day, or a week, or even a month old. But suppose the case were otherwise, what would it avail? The question is not, Can they reason? nor, Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
—  Jeremy Bentham, An Introduction to the Principles and Morals of Legislation (1789)