Skip to comments.Billy Joel Wants People to Stop Killing Elephants and Rhinos for Pianos
Posted on 06/19/2014 11:36:51 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The Piano Man has had enough
Piano Man Billy Joel has seen an ivory key or two in his day, but the musician has a message to piano aficionados: Stop killing elephants and rhinos to make instruments.
In support of a New York bill that aims to ban illegal ivory trade, Joel posted this message on his website:
To whom it may concern:
I wholeheartedly support the ivory sales ban bill pending in New York State. I am a piano player. And I realize that ivory piano keys are preferred by some pianists.
(Excerpt) Read more at time.com ...
Let me be the first to step up and say that I have NEVER killed any elephants or rhinos for ANY reason, and I have no intention of ever doing so. That should give him some comfort.
Piano keys haven’t been made out of Ivory for many years and Rhino aren’t ivory.
Can they use his teeth as substitutes for elephant ivory?
While we are at it, lets get Paul McCartney’s position on Ebony and Ivory.
Michael Jackson is unavailable to comment
Agreed, the pianos can kill the elephants and rinos for themselves.
Yep, he’s a moron.
He’s been misinformed on this issue. No pianos are made of Ivory anymore. All this legislation will do is prevent old pianos from being sold. That doesn’t make sense. What’s done is done.
He’s actually a pretty sharp guy.
If its illegal already, why are they banning it? Is this just some "feel good, look at me, I'm doing something" bill, or am I missing something here?
Then why would he say something like this?
I admit I haven’t been putting enough effort into going out and shooting poachers.
Probably passed to him by someone with a brief description that he didn’t bother following up on.
Last time I saw Billy Joel, he was a fat drunk. Has anything changed?
Most of the old ivory keyboards were made from Hippo teeth.
They will make it double illegal!
he’s sobered up once or twice.
He’s already made his money. He already has an assortment of pianos. Typical liberal.
No more “tickling the ivories. for you!” But, I bet he has a piano that was made before 1930.
Ivory is too expensive for your average piano buyer and requires special care.
Does he really say “rhinos”? I won’t give Time a click. Rhino horns are not ivory and piano keys have never been made of them. Is the piano man that much of an idiot?
Agreed. There is no need to do it. None.
does Bill Joel have pianist envy?
It’s a junk bill, they are saying that the old pianos with ivory keys can’t be bought or sold anymore (or at least not without special permission from the state, which means inspections, documentation, permits, etc). They need to let us dispose of our lawfully obtained property as we wish, and leave us the heck alone.
Putting Botswana out of business. They actually harvest ivory from living elephants to prevent poaching. (not to mention some limited culling of elephants)
But you can’t use plastic either, because plastic is made from evil petroleum, which Algore says is causing Global Warming.
Can you make substitoots on the Horn of Africa?
Anyone know after what year did they stop making ivory piano keys?
Thank you for joining 1910's greatest environmental initiative.
However belated, your thoughtful recommendations have been forwarded to King Edward VII in Heaven and the House of Lords for immediate action. One wonders what tragic retro-cause concerning the abuse of animals you will next select. May I suggest you now turn to the cruel plight of pit ponies in Welsh mines?
On behalf of a grateful empire H.M. has asked me to tell you to Foxtrot Oscar, you stupid twit.
How embarrassing for The Piano Man.
Stevie Wonder, not Jackson
He had to be a Big Shot.
He just has not been the same since he lost Christy Brinkley
Sirius satellite radio recently made its Channel 4 an all-Billy Joel channel. I wish they would go back to “40’s on 4,” which played music of the 1940’s.
He isn’t very smart!
The trading of ivory is already illegal..........does this mean he wants to ban its illegality?
Yes, he's older and stupider.......
Me too! I never grew up in that era but certainly love the bands and music........
FWIW, I can think of many other artists more deserving of Joel who deserve their own channel on Sirius........
I'm looking forward to the eventual release of the DVD of the "Jersey Boys"........
I always hated this guy. Now he proves he’s a misguided fool as well.
That is the real solution. Allow for the full trade and sell but only from actual businesses raising and harvesting the ivory. Just like free trade coffee, this business model would end up producing a glut of elephants. But it sounds so much more cool and caring if you make something illegal. You can’t be hip if you run a business.
Why do you hate him?
Commercially it makes sense, Joel is the highest selling singer songwriter of all time.
Wait, is that gone permanently? I was hoping it was only temporary. Why did they have to remove that channel?
Its also part of why Botswana is among the more politically and economically stable nations in Africa. I believe tourism is their primary industry and they recognize the value of their wildlife.
I have an old high school classmate friend from Boyne City who owns Traverse City Products who has gone on several month long hunting safaris to Africa.
On each of his safaris he has taken countless slides and photos detailing his trips which he ultimately has shown to the schools in that area.
His reason for doing this is to show to the kids the conditions in Africa and the efforts going on to actually help preserve the wildlife via the highly regulated hunting of specific species.
A typical month long trip will cost him in the neighborhood of $30,000.00 which includes the license fees of the SPECIFIC animals he will be allowed to hunt.
Virtually every animal he has harvested was provided to the native tribes in that area which was used to feed them.
If I had to live in Africa, I would choose Botswana. Very stable, representative democracy, and fairly wealthy by African standards.
Really? Show me the list..........