Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Elephant Slaughter In Africa & Asia

It is mainly the slaughter of elephants on the plains of Africa that I am talking about. The use of helicopter gunships by the Uganda military that are flying  into the Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and gunning down scores of elephants just simply for their ivory. 

Twenty-two dead elephants with their tusks hacked away were found only last week, many killed by a single shot to the head. Ivory, it seems, is the latest conflict resource in Africa. As much as 70% of the illegal ivory is flowing into China, fuelled by the vast middle-classes that can now afford to buy it, paying as much as $500 per kilogramme on the streets of Beijing. Most are notorious armed groups, including the Lord's Resistance Army, and the Shabab and Darfur's janjaweed who use the tusks to buy weapons and sustain their mayhem. Organised crime syndicates are linking up with them to move ivory around the world, exploiting turbulent states, porous borders and corrupt officials from sub-Saharan Africa to China.

These beautiful and majestic animals are being slaughtered en-mass purely to appease the vanity of a burgeoning middle-class in China. China is the epicentre of demand, and without that demand the killing would all but dry up. All at Sven are shocked, and appalled at this mindless killing. Even in Vietnam, rampant poaching has decimated the elephant herds and this is occurring all across Asia, especially in India and Thailand.

It is a terrible situation - please contact your nearest Chinese Embassy and lodge your complaint.  

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