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Five Endangered Sumatran Elephants Poisoned in Indonesia

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- 3093 days ago -
Five rare Sumatran elephants found dead in Indonesia were likely poisoned for damaging crops, an official said on Sunday. The elephants, aged two to four years old, were found dead in an oil-palm plantation in a village in Riau province on Sumatra


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Rose Becke (141)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:07 am

reka b (7)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:07 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 11:36 am
Education and alternatives need to be provided.

Vanditta Diwakar (27)
Monday November 29, 2010, 11:54 am
WHY? :'(

Past Member (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 12:10 pm

moggy w (119)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:05 pm
why? why? the farmers knw there were elephants there when they planted their crops. Did they think they would politely go away. May their next crop be destroyed by a tiger. and I don't think education will help here- can't educate elephants and farmers want t all.

Kit H (173)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:09 pm
We should stop using plam oil!

S B (1)
Monday November 29, 2010, 1:55 pm
People won't be satisfied until there are no animals left in the wild. Sick & sad.

Kelly Levans (7)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:06 pm
What is wrong with people? Why would you even do something like that? At all??

Kelly Levans (7)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:09 pm
Ah, probably for damaging crops. At least that's a reason, but still...

Shirley H (49)
Monday November 29, 2010, 2:21 pm
Outrageous is right.
Shirley H.

. (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 4:00 pm
This is not an education issue. This is a culture of people who have no regard for animals. great and small. You cannot EDUCATE people to feel compassion. Laws simply have to be put into place, and if farmers, begin to lose their farms, possibly this will be a wake up call for others who may think twice about killing elephants.

Patricia N (41)
Monday November 29, 2010, 4:39 pm
Noted. I agree with Allan Y.

Anne K (139)
Monday November 29, 2010, 4:52 pm
"found dead in an oil palm plantation".

Boycott palm oil.

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday November 29, 2010, 5:58 pm
Terrible. The gov't is to blame too, not just the farmers- I thought the gov't was supposed to compensate farmers for damaged crops, so that the elephants wouldn't be hurt in retaliation. The elephants shouldn't have been slain, but the poverty stricken farmers, who probably have to electricity or running water were probably desperate. Get some rubber bullets or firecrackers so the farmers can scare the elephants, instead of killing them.

Justin R (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 6:29 pm
As punishment feed offenders the same - an eye for an eye - this is war!

Linda P (0)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:09 pm
How sad, these poor creatures were just looking for something to eat. They didn't need to be killed.

Gloria H (88)
Monday November 29, 2010, 7:26 pm
i thought they could chase them away banging pots. If the villagers are so hungry, why didn't they eat the bodies. How were they so sure kids wouldn't find the poison and eat it? Or pigs which will get eatten?

jennifer t (41)
Monday November 29, 2010, 10:37 pm
I would LOVE to poison the dumbare Indonesian scumbags that did this.An eye for an eye!!!
Education is of no benefit to these shitheads as they are known for having no concept re compassion for animals or anyone else.Barbaric!!

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 2:04 am
Find out who bought and sold the poison and prosecute them.

Dianne D (490)
Tuesday November 30, 2010, 5:44 pm
I agree with Jose Ramon and the other commenters. This is not acceptable.

Peggy A (109)
Wednesday December 1, 2010, 5:05 am
People keep encroaching on wildlife habitats in Indonesia to continue planting more palm plantations.We can not spare any more elephants.If we get more companies to stop using palm oil,less will be grown and some of the destruction will stop

Diane L (110)
Thursday December 2, 2010, 1:14 am
Moggy, tigers don't eat palms, so not likely! Palm oil is a worthwhile crop, so we need to have a balance. It's a "damned if they do, damned if they don't" situation. If the villagers didn't have crops to sell for money to buy food, their alternative would be to kill wildlife to eat, so we shouldn't blame them entirely.

Gloria, you lost me. Nothing was said about the villagers being hungry, and why would they eat the bodies of elephants that they'd poisoned?

Its sad that this happened, but c'mon people, we need to use a little more reason before condemning a poor population for simply trying to survive themselves. I do agree that poisoning wasn't an appropriate thing to do, and elephants definitely need protection. I don't have suggestions or answers, just saying that the villagers were, in a way, acting in "self defense".

Patricia A (0)
Friday December 3, 2010, 6:31 am
This should be illegal. It is not only terribly cruel but it does not solve the problem. Something has got to be done in regards to the locals/farmers receiving assistance in effectively protecting livelihoods while making it understood that harming/killing the animals is illegal and pointless. At some point all nations need to either decide if we no longer are willing to share the planet with animals, and continue killing them as we are until there are none left, or use our ubiquitous intellects and find advanced ways for population control and land protection. As an evolving species we cannot keep resorting to killing as an answer to everything!

Nuno Correia (18)
Friday December 3, 2010, 4:33 pm
orphan creatures that were making up for their lives. they didn't died by habitat destruction and then... they are poisoned ! So very sad
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