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As severe drought drives surge of Asian Demand for Ivory; foreign poachers use conservation GPS to fill their quota

-Posted by D.C. Worth, for Barbay (France/US)

No graphic images shown in video; but you know that it exists...

Save The Elephants fitted seven animals near Mount Kenya with collars over the last year to track their movements... Tragically, more than half have been killed. [read] ...Mercilessly harvested for retail.
-But now, stronger International intervention must insure...

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As elephant conservationists remember the rapidly dwindling populations, due to 80's large scale poaching.... Experts say some 38,000 African elephants are killed each year for their tusks... This must be prevented with greater cooperation; lest the day comes when we do not have this option...

-More funding is needed: [Save the Elephants.org]
Kenya: Elephants killed near Prince William cabin...
"We're seeing a lot of Chinese nationals caught in the airport in Kenya with ivory in their luggage," she said. "We have to assume the Chinese are involved at some level." [read]
The high demand for ivory in Asia seem to use the rationale that Kenya elephant populations are abundant; "so the deaths of four do not threaten its population"... But this is far from true....
Image: Maina from [baraza]


[Save the Elephants ] has said that more ranger patrols & financial support are needed on Mount Kenya, to combat attacks.
"Most believe that the upsurge in poaching in recent months is due to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Flora and Fauna (CITES) decision to allow the southern African states of Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe(!) to sell their ivory stockpile to the highest bidder in China and Japan." [read]

It seems that this would be the same as if harm were placed upon a Panda... Both species are given custodial protection, and identified on first name basis..... In my view, helping to end wars, addressing conservation, and protect declining species; should be the absolute duty, of any country (such as China) with such high level of mining and harvesting from Africa...

Other disturbing news....
Wrong people, in wrong areas, with wrong plan....
Prince Charles Visits "Common Good" Urban Farm in D.C. to push global warming "green spaces" & US farm sustainability; while 2.2M acres of US farmland is torched in Texas; leaving Texas Farmers 'REFUSED AID' by Obama WH (FEMA) Funding... [Read]


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