In the New Orleans Advocate of July 16, there was an ad placed by the Wildlife Conservation Society. This ad stated that 96 elephants are killed in Africa every day. In addition, two of the conservationists, Samantha Strindberg and Fiona Maisels, are quoted as saying, “If we do not act, we will have to shamefully admit to our children that we stood by as elephants were driven out of existence.” Let’s put these 96 elephants into perspective. In the U.S. alone, 3,000 unborn children are murdered every day. While we rush to save the elephants, and hurry to rescue the blue whales, we are forgetting that our future is slowly disappearing, one abortion at a time. If we do not put an end to abortion, we may be left confessing to the elephants that we did nothing as our children were murdered. It irks me that in today’s society, animals are worth saving, but unborn children are not. I do want to make it clear, however, that I do not think we should stand by and watch as elephants are hunted to extinction. I simply believe we ought to do something about the murdering of the next generation, before we worry about the elephants.

Michelle Ducote

high school student

Harahan