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Aug. 2nd, 2007

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A couple of months ago, National Geographic did a story on ivory (March 2007). A later issue featuring feedback from the March issue (I think it was the May issue, but I'm not sure) had several letters to the editor criticizing the magazine for very graphic photographs, one of which showed an elephant essentially with its face cut off. The writers of those letters said that the images were unnecessarily violent and without merit for being published.

I'm curious to see how people here feel about those pictures, or others like them (National Geographic has published other graphic shots on other subjects many times before). If you read the ivory article and saw them, did you feel they belonged in the story?

Personally, I didn't think there was anything wrong with them. The real world is not always a pretty place full of flowers and butterflies. Violence exists in this world and sometimes the best way to end it is to expose it. No reader of National Geographic should have been surprised to find such pictures in that story, since I believe it is widely known that taking a tusk from an elephant is not clinical procedure (like getting a tooth pulled at the dentist). It's not like National Geographic fabricated these pictures, or used real pictures out of context. They were directly related to the story being told.

Thoughts?

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From:wagrobanite
Date:August 3rd, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
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I saw the issue and glad that they were in there.. The Ivory trade as well as the Bushmeat trade affect millions of animals (I'm an intern at the Chimpanzee Human Communication Institute (www.cwu.edu/~cwuchci)). Your are very right in that not every thing in the world is rosey
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From:bradthewriter
Date:August 3rd, 2007 08:28 am (UTC)

Agreed

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We can't just hide from the truth. The pictures very much had to do with the story being told. They belonged to the article.
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From:allthingsother
Date:August 6th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC)
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It's the truth being exposed. Keeping things hushed hushed will only make the problem worse.

The people who responded probably owned things made out of ivory....
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From:msravenkai
Date:April 24th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
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I find it very sad that any time the truth about anything is exposed, with the intent to bring about change not exploitation, people want to sweep it under the rug. You expect someone reading a National Geographic magazine to be educated and geo-friendly and those pictures should incite compassion and anger to do something. Why is it okay to put more and more simulated graphic violence in our movies and films to entertain us but a true story, a real photo accompanied by a message of change is so offensive?

There's something so very wrong with people.
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