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Poachers Poison Watering Holes—African Elephants In Danger of Extinction! - Global Animal

Poachers Poison Watering Holes—African Elephants In Danger of Extinction! - Global Animal | Elephant Poaching in Africa | Scoop.it
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Chloe Goodman's curator insight, February 17, 2014 7:31 AM

In Africa, people have started poaching elephants by poisoning them, they are putting cyanide in the elephant's water holes. Last year 36,000 elephants were killed. Conservationists believe this will destroy all elephants in less than 12 years. Not only the elephants are being killed, but the animals that eat the poisoned elephants are dying too,and the animals that eat them die as well. Last year, some people were caught committing this horrendous crime, and to top up on that, their punishment was 2 blooming years!! This article helps me to understand Africa by showing my how many varieties of problems there are in Africa such as, droughts, trafficking, poaching, child marriages, and there are so much more. This helps me understand that Africa needs help from the world, yet some people aren't even paying attention, their just worried about their own problems, and yes, sometimes their own problems are huge but other times their problems can be as small as the hot water turning off or that they broke a nail, but what they don't realize, is that in other places around the world, bigger things, bigger problems are going on. This topic discussed in this article was probably the saddest thing I personally heard all day, but it is definitely not the saddest thing that happened all day. I think it is unjust for the people to only have to go in jail for 2 years, when hundreds of animals are dying because of them.

Amanda Y's curator insight, February 15, 11:31 PM

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Poachers are now poisoning watering holes in Africa to kill elephants. They add cyanide to local water sources that elephants regularly visit. After they die, poachers come and take their tusks to make into ivory products and illegally sell them to collectors. However, this poison isn’t killing just the elephants, it’s also killing anything that feeds on the elephant’s carcass as well. The men who committed this crime caused at least 41 elephants to die and dozens more that fed on it, and their punishment for it is a mere two years in prison. People are now signing petitions to give them more time in prison because they believe the poachers’ punishment is too mild.

 

This article shows that while Africa is home to many species of beautiful animals, it’s also the home of the poachers that hunt said animals. I know that there are conservation methods and legal hunting programs which are used to fund them, but some poachers are just looking to make some money, and this is probably the easiest way for them to do it. I think the poachers do deserve a longer sentence for their crimes and that there has to be better regulations for poaching and hunting in Africa. If they had caught them earlier, then perhaps not as many elephants would have been killed. Watering holes, areas bordering local villages, and places where there are a lot of traps should be monitored more often. Perhaps they should install security cameras or other measures, just make sure that it blends well into nature so it doesn’t disrupt the ecosystems. In conclusion, poachers need to be caught faster and face a harsher sentence in order to reduce illegal poaching/hunting in Africa. `

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Bloody Ivory : Stop Elephant Poaching and Ivory Trade

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