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Unimaginable Horror as Helicopter-Borne Poachers Massacre 22 Elephants Before Hacking Off Their Tusk
2 years ago

DailyMail, April 24, 2012

In a scene of inconceivable horror, these slaughtered elephant carcasses show the barbaric lengths poachers will go to in their hunt for nature’s grim booty.

The bodies were among a herd of 22 animals massacred in a helicopter-borne attack by professionals who swooped over their quarry.

The scene beneath the rotor blades would have been chilling – panicked mothers shielding their young, hair-raising screeches and a mad scramble through the blood-stained bush as bullets rained down from the sky.

Barbaric: In a scene too graphic to show in full, the carcasses of some of the 22 massacred elephants lay strewn across Garamba National Park in the Congo after being gunned down by helicopter-borne poachers

Barbaric: In a scene too graphic to show in full, the carcasses of some of the 22 massacred elephants lay strewn across Garamba National Park in the Congo after being gunned down by helicopter-borne poachers

When the shooting was over, all of the herd lay dead, one of the worst such killings in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo in living memory.

‘It’s been a long time since we’ve seen something like this,’ said Dr Tshibasu Muamba, head of international cooperation for the Congolese state conservation agency, ICCN, as he surveyed the macarbre scene at Garamba National Park.

After the slaughter, the killers set about removing their tusks and genitals before likely smuggling them through South Sudan or Uganda, which form part of an ‘Ivory Road’ linking Africa to Asia.

Elephant and rhino poaching is surging, conservationists say, an illegal piece of Asia’s scramble for African resources, driven by the growing purchasing power of the region’s newly affluent classes.http://www.negotiationisover.net/2012/04/25/unimaginable-horror-as-helicopter-borne-poachers-massacre-22-elephants-before-hacking-off-their-tusks-and-genitals/

2 years ago

This is so very sad. Since these countries clearly have no respect for the lives of these animals or the law, why do we do business with them? So many of our products come from Asia...WHY? If we stopped pumping money into their economy they wouldn't be able to afford these products. It's probably American money that is indirectly financing poaching.

2 years ago

So very sad, all this so that someone can have a trinket made from Ivory. Thanks Patrizia

2 years ago

So horrifying. Very sad news. Thx Patrizia.

2 years ago

Sadly noted.

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