Arnie (Arnold Schwarzenegger) appeared in a campaign to help save African elephants from poachers who were out for their ivory tusks.
Arnold appeared in an ad where he appealed to the audience to put an end to the illegal hunting of elephants in Africa. As he held an elephant tusk in his hands, Arnie (as he is cutely known by his fans) entreated the sympathizers to stop the nefarious poaching that kills innocent and endangered elephants for their tusks which were made of ivory.
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The famous actor and bodybuilder has also been Governor of California in the past. He was married to a Kennedy before the divorce over his scandalous infidelity. In the video clip, Arnie can be seen shaking the tusk and appealing to the common sense of the ordinary people.
Finally, he implants dynamite into the tusk and blows it up sky high as an act of defiance against the poacher’s strategy of profiting from the valuable ivory gotten from the dead elephants.
As Arnie stood before what appears to be a full-fledged tank, he could be seen wearing aviator glasses. The powerful way in which he delivered the message might just have an effect and end up reducing the deaths of the endangered African elephants.
Arnold says at one time in the video clip that we ought to get rid of the demand once and for all. It seems the Terminator has a heart of gold despite his former image of a mindless automaton that simply followed the instructions of his master. The video was made under the auspices of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s ‘96 elephants campaign’.
As for the tusk that got blown to smithereens, it was donated by a zoo. All in all, 8 countries which included the United States and China not to mention several African nations have collectively caused the destruction of 42 tons of illegally poached ivory tusks this year.
Poachers constitute a heartless group that has killed these helpless elephants and caused them to further recede into the endangered species list.
"We are extremely grateful Arnold Schwarzenegger has joined the 96 Elephants campaign, and we are hopeful that his global following of fans will become allies to stop the killing, stop the trafficking and stop the demand of ivory," said John Calvelli, director of WCS’s 96 Elephants campaign.
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Thousands of adult elephants are killed off mercilessly each year to meet the demand for ivory. China seems to be the hub where most of the ivory is smuggled and sent. The United States and China have finally decided to tackle the problem together on an intensive basis. Their efforts will hopefully bear fruit in the future.