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Elephant Poaching Soars as Sumatran Forests Turn Into Plantations


Environment  (tags: animals, elephant poaching, ivory trade, deforestation, world, wildlife, destruction, environment, ecosystems )

Cal
- 124 days ago - news.mongabay.com
here has been a spike in elephant deaths in Sumatra this year, and conversion of rainforest to plantations is one of the main causes, according to the Indonesian Elephant Conservation Forum



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Teresa W. (702)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:26 am
Horrible!
 

Bee S. (206)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:46 am
HIDOUS ! :-( :-( :-(
 

Angelika Kempter (90)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:48 am
Why it dident stop?,Noted sadly
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:50 am
Sadly noted.
 

Winn Adams (203)
Friday August 15, 2014, 6:25 am
Very sad . . .
 

B Lewenza (76)
Friday August 15, 2014, 6:27 am
Noted and shared This is incredibly sad they need server punishments for the ones who are poaching these elephants this is ridiculous. Like noted in the article the government needs up his step on the killing and the ruining of the habitat that is forcing the elephants out into the open. In the last decade, at least 142 elephants have been killed by poison or gunfire, but only a single case has been brought to court. That happened in 2005 in Mahato, Rokan Hulu district, and the perpetrator was sentenced to 12.5 years in jail for poaching, possessing a firearm and defying authorities. This is despicable only one has been charged in 10 years, although it was a good stiff sentence come on surely they can do better then this.
 

Jill Vickerman (425)
Friday August 15, 2014, 6:27 am
Those who come after us might never know that Elephants used to live in the wild. How tragic is that? it is happening in our life time! there is nowhere for them to run to anymore...its one tragedy after the other.
 

Sue H. (7)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:38 am
Truly disturbing. :(
 

Christeen Anderson (549)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:44 am
Heartbreaking.
 

Marianne R. (110)
Friday August 15, 2014, 8:57 am
Very sad
 

Katherine May Williams (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 9:23 am
Noted.
 

pam w. (191)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:02 am
And the worst part? MILLIONS OF ANIMALS WILL DIE...it's an ISLAND and they've no possible route to escape.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:18 am
Really sad and discouraging.
 

Angela K. (228)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:39 am
Noted & shared

:-((
 

Carol P. (46)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:48 am
For every step forward, we seem to take 10 back.
 

Julie E. (371)
Friday August 15, 2014, 11:31 am
Noted with a tremendous amount of sadness.
 

Linda Todd (35)
Friday August 15, 2014, 11:48 am
Pam W,, you are very right. T is is horrible.They cannot escape. Man is everywhere :(
 

Gudrun D. (425)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:02 pm
We live in a time where money matters more than life...thanks Cal.
 

Michela m. (3954)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:25 pm
OBVIOUSLY NOTED!!!

THIS HAPPENS ALL BECAUSE OF MONEY, ALL BECAUSE OF GREED!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Birgit W. (152)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:29 pm
Very sad. Thanks.
 

Margaret Snowden (112)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:40 pm
Tragically it is the same almost the World over where these animals are being ruthlessly driven out of their natural habitat, plantations, luxury Five Star Resorts where Guests can "get in touch with nature"! Massive luxury developments where "studio apartments start from as little as 19,000 Dollars, with swimming pools etc" NO, NO, NO. When you witness first-hand, monkeys laying dead in the road, with a baby clawing at his mother to "get up", elephants being mercilessly driven to their knees in exhaustion to clear the very place they have lived in with their herds for decades to make way for 'civilization', it breaks your heart and makes you enraged at the callous cruelty called PROFIT AND GREED. The Man Strikes Again and Keeps on Striking It.
 

Marija Mohoric (46)
Friday August 15, 2014, 12:54 pm
Just no proper words..very sad, ty Cal
 

Melania Padilla (184)
Friday August 15, 2014, 1:27 pm
So sick of this ;(
 

Chris Carson (30)
Friday August 15, 2014, 1:37 pm
Noted Cal! Thank you!!!
 

molly brown (5)
Friday August 15, 2014, 2:22 pm
Totally agree with Margaret Snowden.It has become the "norm" we must accept .NO.NO.NO we must try to fight. In a short space of time the greed and cruelty of man and the complete disregard for nature of ALL the world governments has brought us to this critical point. If it goes on unchecked the predictions that animals (Great and Small) will only be seen in zoo's in the future will come true.It is unbelievable that things have been allowed to go this far. Bloody humans we multiply worse than rabbits without regard.People want to go on holiday as Margaret mentions to "get in touch with nature",yet we do not want to be disturbed by a snake in our room and God forbid a fly! We are sick and our sickness is contaminating everything,killing everything that gets in our way.The largest animal on earth that once walked corridors across continents now faces extinction along with the Rhino,the lions,I could just go on and on.My heart bleeds ,what have we become? In the meanwhile these massacres go on every day.No Government has the courage or guts to say it as it is. We are told that we must accept this as progress. Children in the so called underdeveloped world are growing in number every day. None of these governments talk about birth control,the children of developed countries want to go on holiday within sanitized areas (in touch with nature) i see no solution. The palm oil (the death oil) is being used in more and more products. All the organizations for animal welfare are so many that if they came together maybe they would be stronger and their resources more controllable and more targeted.There are so many things yet as i rant on in desperation my heart is sinking for every animal on this planet including the human kind.I only hope that someone,somewhere will wake up,save these wonderful creatures and all the others that are less visible..
 

J D. (85)
Friday August 15, 2014, 2:30 pm
Noted ...this is truly heartbreaking & this doesn't have to be .
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:20 pm
Noted. Very sad.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday August 15, 2014, 4:26 pm
Very sad.
 

Janis K. (107)
Friday August 15, 2014, 5:22 pm
Tragic
 

Walter F. (77)
Friday August 15, 2014, 6:58 pm
Thanks for posting Cal..We have signed several petitions for the protection and preservation of tjese majestic creatures .It is obvious they go ignored.What more can we do?.We hope Nature will take its own revenge.We reap what we sow.
 

Aurea Walker (216)
Friday August 15, 2014, 7:11 pm
The destructive, killing madness NEVER STOPS! Too many humans...........
 

Jana DiCarlo (50)
Friday August 15, 2014, 7:20 pm
sn
 

S J. (118)
Friday August 15, 2014, 7:26 pm
sadly noted, thanks
 

linda newman (3368)
Friday August 15, 2014, 10:16 pm
signed
 

cathie S. (154)
Friday August 15, 2014, 11:45 pm
Heart broken why must we kill the perfect gifts that God has given to us to watch over and protect and care for SHAME on us all,,, Thank you for this sad, heart breaking story!!!
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:28 am
This is the consequence of mans encroachment on the animals habitat as the forests decline it brings mans contact with the animals ever closer with often the death and destruction of the wildlife.All done for greed and profit.
 

Stella Gambardella (178)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 12:58 am
Una sola condanna in 10 anni? Vergognoso. Non c'Ŕ nessuna buona volontÓ da parte dei governanti. Continua la deforestazione e l'uccisione per bracconaggio, tutte le scuse sono buone per non correre ai ripari.
Grazie per la condivisione
 

Krista Slavin (182)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:09 am
Sad
 

Elizabeth W. (1)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:47 am
Very sad. Noted.
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:44 am
Very, very sad...will it ever stop?
 

Leopold Marek (19)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:48 am
Shared!
 

Hent Catalina-Maria (82)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:07 am
noted!very sad!
 

Lindsay Kemp (1)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:27 am
Tragic! Elephants need to be protected, and the ivory trade stopped completely.
 

Ruth S. (297)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 3:46 am
So heartbreaking.
 

john pierce (217)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:55 am
Noted and shared
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:28 am
So sad.
 

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:40 am
Really sad!
Thanks Cal.
 

Fi T. (16)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 6:21 am
No more sacrifice, please
 

Sian L. (130)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:22 am
Too many humans. To save animals we must protect their habitat.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:34 am
Since the elephants are the architects and engineers that keep the jungle and savannahs healthy they must be removed lest they damage the plantations. Try not to buy anything with palm oil in it - sustainable or not, the damage has already been done. The claim that palm oil is from sustainable sources is nothing more than a marketing myth on behalf of the corporations and their political parasites.
 

Stardust Noel (52)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:07 am
Bad news, can anything be done to make ivory not so sought after?..... dye was used on seals fur, too bad nothing can make ivory worthless.....except to it's owners, it's true owners, elephants, rhinos , etc.
 

Carmen Baez (52)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 10:53 am
This is so terrible... When is man going to stop this nonsense? Why kill innocent animals? What have they done to us?
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:14 am
Just a constant battle....
 

Michela m. (3954)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:45 am


Thanks!! Posted in:  ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest
in: ELEPHANTS: 42 Petitions
August 19 International Orangutan Day!!
Please Join & Invite friends to Join
ORANGUTANS: Men of the Forest    http://www.care2.com/c2c/group/Michela
together with Sumatran Tigers (Java & Bali Tigers already EXTINCT), Elephants, Rhinos, Clouded Leopards, Sun Bears, Wildlife, Biodiversity they face Extinction!! Only 300 Sumatran Tigers left on Earth!!! 300 Football Fields of Rainforests are CLEARED every hour in SE Asia to produce Palm Oil: a hidden, not labelled, unhealthy ingredient in the products we buy. We MUST do WHATEVER is possible to SAVE them all!!
AGAINST: Corporate Control, Deforestation, Illegal Logging, Global Warming, Pollution, CO2Emissions, Indigenous Peoples Displacement, Pet Trade, Bushmeat Trade, GMO Food, Vivisection, Bee-killing Pesticides… Also other Primates, as Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Gibbons, & Monkeys for Vivisection are dealt in this Group. Petitions/Info/Videos/Pics are here.
Please!! Join, Sign, Invite friends to Join!! Individually: we are one DROP, all together: we are an OCEAN!! ALL together we can make a difference!! Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world -Margaret Mead  Thanks!! Michela
 

Mary Cromley (130)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 1:10 pm
This is just horrible. There should be a bounty put on poachers. Then they would just kill each other for the money.
 

Tamera Dolcini (16)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 2:15 pm
It is more than obvious that there is much that needs to be done on an International level. While the US is disinclined to ratify any law of such a nature, this is the only thing which could have a positive impact on the poaching problem so long as the countries in which the problems manifest allow enforcement of the laws.
The first is an animal bill of rights, the penalties for denying animals their right to live must be given some real teeth. Of course, there are many other laws needed, but that would be a start. Getting caught must become something that hurts enough to make a person think about it.
 

Lynn Squance (232)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 4:42 pm
The human race's insatiable appetite to control and consume will be the death of this beautiful blue/green planet.
 

Fran away F. (117)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 5:38 pm
If justice were done, everyone involved in this illegal and horrible scheme would get stiff prison sentences and pay huge fines!
 

Dianne D. (462)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 8:43 pm
I'm just sick. There are way too many greedy humans in this world. May God strike them all down now.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday August 16, 2014, 11:08 pm
So Heart Breaking and FRUSTRATING !!! I have signed and shared so many petitions for All Rainforests and their Beautiful Inhabitants - So Hard to Fight Corporate Greed and Ignorance !!! But WILL KEEP FIGHTING FOR CHANGE !!
 

Ana Lopes (83)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 2:48 am
noted
 

Donna T. (0)
Sunday August 17, 2014, 6:50 am
Noted, along with all the other atrocities that aren't really being addressed quickly enough. We are running out of time for the next generation.
 

Muriel Servaege (48)
Tuesday August 19, 2014, 3:05 pm
Horrendous. Where will it stop?
 

Kira Leeon (13)
Saturday August 23, 2014, 10:14 pm
Shared
 

Veerle D. (109)
Saturday November 29, 2014, 4:48 am
Noted.
 
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