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Poaching Boom Sees Thousands of Elephants Killed in Gabon

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- 1895 days ago -
More than 11,000 elephants have been killed by ivory poachers in Gabon since 2004 according to new research.

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Debbie Hogan (115)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 7:43 pm
Disturbing news. Very disturbing. It seems that, thanks to the ivory trade, poaching has become a highly profitable organized crime. This has got to stop. Please sign the petition at the end of the article. Thank you.

Autumn S (151)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 8:06 pm
Thanks, Debbie! Signed and noted. This is very upsetting, I hope it stops. All for the ivory :( all those elephants killed.

Debbie Hogan (115)
Saturday February 9, 2013, 8:15 pm
Thanks very much, Autumn. Yes, it's tragic. Such a terrible waste of an amazing species...all for profit.

Tim C (2420)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 1:15 am

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Sunday February 10, 2013, 2:02 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 3:34 am
Greed & brutality. Noted , Sad . Thanks .

Danuta W (1248)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 5:52 am

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 10, 2013, 9:07 am
This is horrible! Noted, TY for sharing

Valentina R (12)
Monday February 11, 2013, 3:35 pm
Revolting. Death to all poachers and hunters.

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Friday February 15, 2013, 2:00 am

John D. (0)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 4:22 pm
Could someone tell me if 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?

Debbie Hogan (115)
Thursday February 28, 2013, 6:05 pm
Something tells me it would take more than simply changing the color of the tusks to stop decades of poaching, John. It's not just the ivory's looks but what it's being used for. So-called "medicinal purposes", albeit unfounded.It's all just got way out of the point of being an organized crime. Terrible, desperate situation....
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