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Is it morally wrong to make elephants an invasive species in America?

Elephants survive in Africa, which is pretty much a dead wasteland when it isn't in the rainy seasons. I know the Southern Great Plains of America aren't to cold for the elephants because they survive in zoos. There is enough food and water for them too eat and no natural predators. It is possible for them too survive. My question is only about whether it is morally wrong.

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Your statement about Africa being a dead wasteland when it's not raining is unfactual and a generalised view of a continent as if it were a solitary country. That calmly out the way, on to your question - is relocation immoral? If there were just a handful left, sure, as a last resort put them on a plane or ship and try them in a country, state, or province similar to the specific African country they come from. However, presently, there are a lot left and I personally wish that more governments would assist African countries in their fight against elephant poaching (as some have thankfully done in response to the decline of the rhino.) In other words, try get the bad guys first before resorting to relocation.

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No more morally wrong than destroying them and their habitat for financial gain. Actually you have a rather valid idea, problem is our climate, it's to cold except for southern Florida.

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First of all; Africa is not a dead wasteland, the Great plains of america can't support them, they lack the floral density for their diet, and the word "too" is indicative of an amount rather than an articular noun. Example: "I've had too much to eat", "I would like to go on a diet." If it was possible, it would be a bad idea. Generally, invasive species wipe out the local resources causing general disruption within the local ecology. For example, Thomas Austin introduced rabbits to Australia and managed to erode 2/3rds of the continent down to desert within the next century.

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I don't think moral is the question here... the question is environmental.. it is right to move them into a environment which has not evolved to handle them? Elephants eat huge amounts of fodder, which can and does include trees, they push them over to get a tender shoots etc. The areas where elephants have thrived over thousands of years have developed ways to do deal with this, ours has not. Add in that they would have NO natural predators here and you are look at population explosions similar to what is sometimes experienced in protected areas by deer and elk after wolves and bear were killed and driven off. Is it *moral* then to go in a shoot those same elephants to control the population or let them starve or die of disease due to overpopulation? Sudden introduction of non-native species can wreak havoc on ecosystems.. ask any Australian about rabbits, cats etc.

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Well elephants live perfectly fine and are happy in Africa. And also bringing ELEPHANTS into the American ecosystem would probably screw up a LOT of other species' lives(bringing a new species into an unfamiliar habitat can make the other inhabitants decrease in number or even go extinct).

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It would certainly not be wise to do that. Elephants need lots and lots of food, and roam around great distances to find it. It wouldn't be long until they find that farms are the easiest places to get that food, which then inevitably would cause conflicts. Or they would cross highways, causing accidents, and things like that.

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