August 2014 has the distinction of being the date when more African elephants are being killed than are being born. Ivory demand in Asia and the Middle East has skyrocketed, raising rhinoceros and elephant poaching in Africa to new levels. Education, laws and enforcement are needed. Consider elephant hunting and the new ban on ivory as good research paper topics for your term paper.
The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that from 2010 to 2012, 100,000 African elephants were killed for their ivory. Estimates are that there are 400,000 elephants left in Africa, so if the killing continues, the African elephant will be extinct by the end of this decade. Read more