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Just Looking

By Karen Petree

2048px-Stroop_Report_-_Warsaw_Ghetto_Uprising_06bHe’s not looking at me directly, as if he’s too afraid. But I don’t want him to. I stare at him apprehensively where he’s frozen for 1/100th of a second in 1943.

Though there are a lot of people in the group of Jews being evacuated from the Warsaw Ghetto, the boy is the main subject. He is a bit separated from the group, many of whom seem terrified but caught up in the action of moving. His hands are held in the air as if he were playing the bad guy in a child’s cops-and-robbers game. But his expression is one of dark fear most Americans are unaccustomed to seeing on the face of a child.

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Auschwitz I

In June 2014, I travelled to New York, Germany and Poland as a FASPE journalism fellow.  The Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) is a fellowship program of the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York that takes young professionals in journalism, law, medicine, seminary and business to important Holocaust sites in Germany and Poland where they discuss professional ethics under the lens of the Holocaust, looking particularly at how members of their respective professions contributed to the Nazi atrocities through blatant complicity or passive inaction, and how those lessons resonate with ethical issues they face in their professions today. These photos were taken at Auschwitz I concentration camp in Poland.

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Saving the African Elephant

As African nations and conservationists struggle to stop elephant poaching, a counter-intuitive idea is gaining a lot of ground: The best way to save elephants might be to hunt them.

Chinese demand for ivory is fueling illegal elephant hunting throughout Africa, despite widespread conservation efforts.  Kenya is the hardest hit, with the number of elephants killed doubling from 2011 to 2012.  But some countries in southern Africa take a seemingly radical approach: The government allows legal hunting, and elephant numbers are steadily rising there.

“There are sufficient numbers in some populations for regulated hunting to be sustainable,” said Rob Slotow, a professor a director of the Amarula Elephant Research Programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.

Legally hunting elephants is expensive.  And ivory from these African hunting safaris can be legally brought into the United States.  A fourteen day expedition with Chifuti Hunting Safaris charges over $20,000 for the trip itself, plus a trophy fee for each animal taken, including over $14,000 for a bull elephant.  On top of that, hunters pay trophy packaging rates, government fees and for a CITES export permit that certifies the trophies were legally obtained.

This is where in some cases, some say hunting might help.

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