Mark H
Poachers kill 11,000 Gabon elephants in under a decade -
Poachers kill 11,000 Gabon elephants in under a decade
"Poachers have killed more than 11,000 elephants in Gabon's Minkebe National Park rainforest since 2004, Gabon's government said on Wednesday, with the massacre fuelled by increasing demand for ivory in Asia." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Demand for ivory for use in jewellery and ornamental items is rising fast in Asia. Conservationists say growing Chinese influence and investment in Africa has opened the door wider for the illicit trade in elephant tusks. Poachers are often armed with large-calibre rifles and chainsaws to remove tusks, the statement issued by the presidency said. They have secret camps in the rainforest, evading small deployments of park guards and leaving rotting elephant carcasses in their wake. A park official said most of the poachers were believed to be from neighbouring Cameroon, where the government has deployed army helicopters and hundreds of troops to protect its own dwindling elephant population." - Mark H
Awful. :( - Jenny H.