February 23, 2014

In Africa, Agony and Ivory

Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail

The Associated Press

The first elephant I saw in Africa was dead. He had probably been wounded by poachers outside the park, then come into the park to die. His giant carcass was covered by vultures, having their fill. It’s estimated an elephant is killed in Tanzania every 15 minutes for its ivory. The rampant poaching is hard to stop because high government officials profit from the trade. Across Africa, as many as 35,000 elephants are being slaughtered each year – roughly 10 per cent of the continent’s entire elephant population. At this rate, they’ll soon be gone. One of the most magnificent species on the planet is being wiped out before our eyes.

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TAGGED: Tanzania, Elephants, Ivory, Africa

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