Is Anything Being Done To Stop Elephant Poaching?
Sadly, corruption and violence towards both animals and humans are part and parcel of the ivory trade:
Corruption is rife with Governments and officials taking bribes to ‘look the other way’. If guards do tackle the poachers, their lives are in danger, as poachers seem to think nothing of murdering people, just as they do defenceless animals.
Governments that were opposed to the international ivory trade ban in the first place do not put much effort in to stopping elephant poaching in their countries. They have to be pressured in to sending guards to try to protect the elephants, and when they finally do, they do not send anywhere near adequate numbers and do not arm these guards sufficiently.
One such example is the recent slaughter of the majority of the 600 elephants in the Bouba N’Djida National Park in Cameroon:
The park is about 2,200 square kilometres and protected by only five unarmed guards. 450 elephants were killed there by poachers on horseback armed with Kalashnikovs, leaving around just 150.
The poachers were said to have come from the other African countries, Chad and Sudan. Before this massacre, as few as 1,000 elephants were thought to be left in the whole of Cameroon.
Image: Innocent elephants brutally killed, primarily for their ivory tusks. Part of the tusks are buried deep under the skin, so the poachers leave these beautiful animals terribly disfigured after hacking their heads apart in order to get all of the highly prized ivory.
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