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Elephants Dying in Epic Frenzy as Ivory Fuels Wars and Profits - NYT

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Today Garamba National Park is a battlefield. Every morning, platoons of Garamba's 140 wildlife rangers suit up with assault rifles, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. "We don't negotiate, we don't give any warning, we shoot first,"

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Rock H (254)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:12 pm
The article will drive you to want to stop it.

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Vicky P (476)
Sunday January 6, 2013, 9:23 pm
so sad and Noted and signed

Past Member (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 12:14 am
The article is absolutely tragic and devastating in its sobering reality, but so thorough and beautifully written. If only more people would read this, it would generate outrage and action and donor funding for anti-poaching training/equipment/recruitment etc . This is evil, power, corruption, greed, organised crime. Laws and legislations mean nothing. Morals and ethics mean nothing. It's horrific.

Danuta W (1251)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:37 am

Michael M (60)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:28 am
It looks like no matter who is supported, the essential market culture causes significant poaching, and all are corrupted - or at least corrupt persons use finance to intrude into the organisation and operate to kill elephants..

This tells us something about the worldwide market culture and its desacralisation of life.

For any of us to change the killing of the largest-brained land animal, whose communication and ethos are hardly known, not understood, and dying before such understanding can occur, we ourselves have to change our values.

Such better values resonate in traditional cultures still, and I hope that all will seek to find a better way of relationship and respect for other life.

Thanks Rock - for the petition URLs too.

Kate A (10)
Monday January 7, 2013, 4:38 pm
S/N very sad

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Monday January 7, 2013, 4:46 pm
noted and signed thnx Rock, this is so sad!!!!! i wish have magic to stop this crime!!!!! thnx for the post. ciao

Richelle Rausch (43)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:13 pm
Those freakin' Chinese. They don't care about any other living beings but themselves. We all need to stop supporting them, from the Powereful Nations down to the simple consumers. Boycott Chinese crap!

deb s (145)
Monday January 7, 2013, 5:13 pm
what does it take for mankind to become more kind and stop the brutality abuse just for the sake of ivory money money money and at the cost of innocent animals elephants no heart or could just greed let it be your mama in place of the elephant then what? how would you feel then? Please this in saneness has to cease How can man become so cold as to take an animal's life for pure greed and money hungry We need to find ways to protect all the animals from such horror and abuse and fast we are lastly approaching our own end if we continue to do such acts

Lydia Mcintyre (47)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:31 pm
Sad noted.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Monday January 7, 2013, 6:59 pm
So sad. The elephants don't stand a snowball's chance in hell.

Timothy M. (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 7:01 pm
As i was a child i was takin to the zoo where i met my first elephants and it remembered me later i find they have a awsome memory i love my beasts of our planet and would give anything to help save a friend.

Shawna S (45)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:25 pm
sad sad sad

Past Member (0)
Monday January 7, 2013, 9:48 pm
How repulsive. Soon there will be no more elephants to murder worldwide,thanks to man's ignorance and greed. I would love to impale those pathetic poachers.

Tanya W (65)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 4:38 am
Noted and signed both petitons. When will the senseless slaughter of these gorgeous creatures end??? What will these sick fools kill when all Elephants are no more??? Just not good enough!!!

Kate A (10)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 10:30 am
S/N, thank u for posting

. (7)
Tuesday January 8, 2013, 11:01 pm
Soon our elephants will be gone, so sad,

Engele van Zyl (38)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 12:43 am
noted and shared

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 3:13 am
Thanks for sharing this extremely important issue with us. Noted. Both petitions signed. Will share.

Having read the article, I cannot help seeing this as a huge, almost insurmountable problem. It is a cause for alarm to see that there is no other way of protecting elephants from poaching than doing so by violent means -- what else is there to do, anyway, if rangers face nothing smaller than an army of fully armed killers, a crime syndicate indeed --, as it shows that there is a great number of people who break the law, have no morals or compassion, and whose main end obviously is to fill their pockets with a lot of filthy lucre -- to the detriment of elephants, who suffer and whose pupulation, once dense, has been dwindling away. These men even go as far as to resort to killing elephant babies, although they can obtain no valuable tusks from them, and, as is well known, mother elephants, leaving behind little orphans. It takes very little time to imagine what kind of people are capable of this... And, on the other side, there are people who purchase these (truly bloody) items, just to show off their wealth -- and a cold, if not missing, heart. There is no supply without demand. Alas, there is so many people implicated in this crime that it almost defies reason. They are the reason for doubts in humanity, with all the senseless destruction and all the innocent victims for the basest of reasons. That being said, I hope against hope for a miracle--the salvation of elephants.

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 3:20 am
Poaching at monitored sites, 2011

Central Africa: 90 percent of reported deaths were illegal kills;
Western Africa: 84 percent;
Eastern Africa: 59 percent;
Southern Africa: 51 percent

The Asian countries with the most ivory sized, 1989-2011:
1. China (90,600 pounds of ivory sized, which equals about 4,050 elephants killed);
2. Thailand (47,100 p. of ivory = 2,160 killed elephants);
3. Hong Kong (45,500 p. of ivory = 2,070 elephant deaths);
4. Taiwan (40,500 p. of ivory = 1,800 dead elephants);
5. Vietnam (29,600 p. of ivory = 1,350 k. elephants);
6. Philippines (23,500 p. of ivory = 1,080 k. elephants);
7. Japan (19,000 p. of ivory = 900 k. elephants);
8. Malaysia (18,800 p. of ivory = 810 k. elephants);
9. Singapore (17,700 p. of ivory = 810 k. elephants);
10. India (14,900 p. of ivory = 630 k. elephants).

This means 15,660 elephants died.

The illegal ivory that is seized represents only a fraction of what gets through...

Source: National Geographic magazine (October 2012 issue)

Sylvie Bermannova (42)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 3:21 am
Other sources of info:

Blood Ivory - Wildlife Conservation Society / Video:
(direct link)

Spread the Word: Elephant Populations Disappearing
(direct link)

Blood Ivory (Ivory Worship)
(direct link)

naomi cohen (55)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:52 am
thank you sylvie and rock. noted and signed.

naomi cohen (55)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 6:54 am

Rock H (254)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 7:04 am
You cannot currently send a star to Sylvie because you have done so within the last week.

Florence Eaise (132)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 2:36 pm
Thanks for the forward Sylvie i wouldve been so mad to miss this article and petitions! And many thanks to Rock for posting the article and petition links i signed shared and tweted both petitions and shared and tweeted the story thanks so much Rock for posting this and speaking out to save elephants

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:01 pm
Where are the petitions?

Past Member (0)
Wednesday January 9, 2013, 11:01 pm
I see them now....inside of Rock's comment box.

Amy E (66)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 8:44 am
Noted. Signed Rock's petitions.

Rock H (254)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:55 pm
Keyna is dealing with a similar problem in Tsavo East National Park
Family of 12 elephants slain by poachers in Kenya

Kim O (396)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:43 pm
Bounties must be put on the poachers. It's the only way to stop them. Live by the gun, die by the gun.

Rock H (254)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 6:55 pm
CNN provided some additional details on this subject in a report yesterday, saying that "These majestic animals are regularly killed using machine guns from helicopters – their tusks often used to make ivory trinkets.

The United States government says the butchering is not the result of excessive hunting, but rather organized crime, with black market ivory and horn worth some eight-billion dollars a year.

Stopping it is no longer only about protecting the planet's natural resources.

“It is also a national security issue, a public health issue and an economic security issue,” outgoing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said. Killing off these animals will affect the tourism dollars to Africa in the long term.

The full article can be found here:

Elephants slaughtered from the sky

Yvonne F (181)
Friday February 1, 2013, 12:03 pm
Beyond words!!! this has to be stopped!! Where are the authorities? It seems as the criminals on earth have more power than the governments! Thanks for sharing

John D. (0)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 4:25 pm
Could someone tell me if COLOR DYING the TUSKS of elephants to make the IVORY undesireable and render it useless can help these magnificent creatures? I have never heard of this and it sounds rather simple. Trap the elephant to sleep, dye the tusks with permanent dye and allow it to live. Poachers will be turned off by the useless colored Tusks. Please let me know if anyone has thought of this; and if not, WHY NOT?
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