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Zimbabwe: Government Must Declare Poaching 'National Disaster'


Animals  (tags: wildlife, elephants, suffering, slaughter, killing, humans, conservation, animalcruelty )

Jill
- 370 days ago - allafrica.com
The illegal killing of elephants has been on the rise again with poaching at its highest level in a decade, fuelled by global demand for ivory, particularly in Asian countries.



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Christeen Anderson (513)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 11:53 am
This is indeed a national disaster.
 

Gabriela Baldaia (95)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 1:32 pm
If only this could be stopped now ... but it really seems the poaching gangs are becoming more sophisticated and " inventive "...
 

Nimue Pendragon (255)
Wednesday October 16, 2013, 9:24 pm
Remove the demand! Prosecute people who buy ivory, as well as those who kill for it. Make it illegal. Do something, anything that will STOP THE SLAUGHTER! These people have NO clue as to what they are doing! They WILL make elephants and rhinos extinct within our lifetimes! Is that what you want? Then STOP IT! NOW! Just do it, catch and prosecute those in authority who are taking bribes, jail the poachers and their bosses. But give the poor people some other means of making a living!
 

Ruth S. (304)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 5:50 am
I agree Nimue.
 

Nimue Pendragon (255)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 4:39 pm
Cheers Ruth.
 

Patricia GG (102)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 5:22 pm
The authorities...Don't talk about the rise in poaching....DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.....
 

Laurie H. (718)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:47 pm
Such a mess really. Nimue,you have stated this situation perfectly!!! They need to have action NOW!!! Thanks again Jill & Rhonda for sending~~~
 

Ron Walker (11)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:48 pm
There will be nothing done by the government! Unfortunately the people that are being paid to protect the Elephants are the ones killing the Elephants or taking kick backs to look the other way. The demand is the problem! Stop the demand the poaching will stop!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 6:51 pm
Nimue, you nailed it on the head. China needs to be held responsible for this crisis as well. They are the single largest country that purchases ivory on the black market as well as animal parts. That is where the demand is and that is where action needs to happen. They must find a way to heavily discourage the people who buy ivory and animal parts with hefty fines and long jail terms.
 

Gina Caracci (231)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:20 pm
Im so done with this world..
all I do is cry at the plight of the innocent
or i get angry and demand change and then it happens again
 

Christine Stewart (132)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 7:49 pm
We should make China pay the rangers to stop the poachers!
 

Jerry B. (120)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 9:13 pm
Noted and I agree with Nimue, go to the people who buy this ivory and put a stop to it, terrible the way this goes on and on...thanks Jill.
 

Ashley N. (10)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:49 pm
You also need to stop the sale of poached animals.
 

Pogle S. (88)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:52 pm
Horrible People! Nimue has the right idea, prosecute the buyers!
 

Cynthia no frwd B. (264)
Thursday October 17, 2013, 11:55 pm
Stop the sale of ivory stop making items of ivory STOP killing elephants
 

Julia R. (295)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:06 am
I also agree with Nimue. You have to stop the demand and go after those that are continuing to get the ivory, and making money off of this horrific killing! You have to deal with the cause of the problem in order to effect a real solution!
 

Nimue Pendragon (255)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:07 am
Thank you everyone for your kind agreement. Green stars for all! :)
 

Helen Porter (40)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:18 am
Weep not for the dead.

(they are freed)

Mourn for the living.

(they continue to suffer)
 

. (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 2:31 am
𝕹𝖔𝖙𝖊𝖉. 𝕿𝖍𝖆𝖓𝖐𝖘 𝕵𝖎𝖑𝖑!
 

Charmaine Shannon (43)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:08 am
YES, This is a "HORRIFIC" DISASTER!!!!!! NOW, "TAKE ACTION"........PROSECUTE!!!!!! Don't let these HEARTLESS ?????? get away with these KILLINGS for their "BLOOD MONEY" !!!!


Thank-You for this Information!!
 

Georgina Burns (22)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:27 am
Our beautiful earth and its incredible animals is being destroyed, but the evil is not. The ·boss guys· in China & Zimbabwe are ·hand in hand· over a great many issues, & causing much suffering to animals & people.
 

Gabriella Serafino (95)
Friday October 18, 2013, 4:36 am
I Hope to meet my brothers animals in the better world.
 

Fi T. (16)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:47 am
Losing all lives is a disaster
 

Gudrun D. (420)
Friday October 18, 2013, 5:55 am
It seems to be the same worldwide caught between a corrupt government and organized crime. Thanks Jill.
 

. (0)
Friday October 18, 2013, 8:25 am
This is not a national disaster but Global !!!!!
Thank you one time more Jill and Rhonda for the fw
 

NicoleAWAY W. (634)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:05 am
ty Jill and Ed for the forward
 

Jo S. (498)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:27 am
I completely agree, this is a national disaster!
Sadly noted & shared.
Thanks Jill & Ed V. for the forward.
 

Carol D. (109)
Friday October 18, 2013, 10:56 am
They are still not treating this serious enough This is a war Awar with the poachers Treat it like a terroist operation and not let it stay in the hands of people and governments that can be just as corrupt Ivory worldwide and China in the main have to make ivory worthless on the market for this to stop

thanks
 

Waltraud U. (83)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:15 am
agree with the above comments; no other comment
TY
MONSTERHUNTER NEEDED
 

Barbara V. (178)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:23 am
Thank you Rhonda for the forward
 

Marija Mohoric (43)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:55 am
sadly noted, thank you for sharing
 

Jane Williams (165)
Friday October 18, 2013, 12:52 pm
Everyone here is right and all have good ideas. Thank you for your comments.
 

Laetitia SCHARTNER (172)
Friday October 18, 2013, 1:00 pm
thank you for sharing, nothing left to add
 

S J. (119)
Friday October 18, 2013, 3:07 pm
ืseverely punish both demand and supply, thanks Jill
 

Maricruz Lopez (69)
Friday October 18, 2013, 6:33 pm
Thanks for sharing and thanks Waltraud for the forward.
 

Tanya W. (53)
Friday October 18, 2013, 11:39 pm
Sadly noted! These bloody poachers are going to keep killing until there is not 1 elephant left!!! Pity I couldn't day the same foe the poachers...
 

. (7)
Saturday October 19, 2013, 2:19 pm
Soon if you want to see an elephant you'll have to go to a zoo. This is so horribly sad, they'd better declare a National disaster now! Thanks Jill and Sylvie for the forward
 

Pat A. (116)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:59 am
It is a National - if not an International - Disaster... Thanks Jill
 

Sara P. (60)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 11:03 am
Oh yes, and during the time that somebody think to declare this national disaster poachers continue to kill......wow!!!!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Sunday October 20, 2013, 10:11 pm
No more words, just to show that I am here with you and your emotions.
 

Sue H. (1)
Monday October 21, 2013, 12:10 pm
The only way to stop the slaughter is to change the minds of the population and put a bounty on the heads of the poachers. If people are motivated to do the right thing the poaching would come to a crashing halt. Put a high enough bounty on the leaders of the poachers and they would soon be turned over to the authorities.
 

Valerie Delisle (56)
Thursday October 24, 2013, 3:11 pm
You certainly did state the problem quite clearly. Due to bribes and kick-backs, we are probably going to witness extinction of these magnificent creatures in our lifetime. Sue H. has a great idea, "Put a bounty on the heads of the poachers" Bravo Sue. These skum of the earth would probably turn on each other. A JUST DEMISE !
 

Donna Hamilton (144)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 11:17 am
Noted. Thanks, Jill.
 
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