Poachers have killed 200 wild elephants in the last five weeks said wildlife activists. They were poached for their tusks in Cameroon, though the number of elephants in this nation is very low. In 2007 it was estimated there were only 1,000 to 5,000 remaining in the wild. A number of elephant calves have been orphaned due to the loss of their parents, and they also could die. Some have been spotted in Cameroon’s Bouba Ndjida National Park.
“The ivory is smuggled out of West and Central Africa for markets in Asia and Europe, and the money it raises funds arms purchases for use in regional conflicts, particularly ongoing unrest in Sudan and in the Central African Republic,” said an official from the International Fund for Animal Welfare. (Source: Boston.com) IFAW was founded in 1969 and now has projects in over forty countries. They work to save animals and their habitats from destruction just as poaching and habitat loss.
A person would have to be very uninformed in this day of huge numbers of elephants losing their lives for the ivory trade, to purchase any ivory products. Isn’t the ivory used only for rather frivolous trinkets also? Why should elephants die so consumers in foreign countries can have a rather pointless impulse purchase for an object they put on a shelf and probably quickly forget about rather quickly?
In December about 14-15 tons of elephant tusks were confiscated by authorities in Malaysia. It has been noted recently this nation could be sort of a distribution point for illegal ivory headed for Asian nations.
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