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New outlook on poaching is vital

A NEW way of thinking is needed if we are to conquer the illegal poaching which has seen 60,000 elephants and 1,600 rhinos killed in the last two years.

As environmentalist David Suzuki said recently, we need to go from an "anthropocentric" to a "biocentric" view of the world.

I believe we are seeing the consequences of an economic system that puts profit before people. People always demand answers and I would give the name Michael Albert as just one theorist whose views are well worth considering.

But the solution starts with people themselves, recognising an urgency, thinking for themselves, then organising with others to put solutions into practice.

Without this consciousness change, though, I fear nature itself will discontinue, as the Kogi people predict. What's your solution?

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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