04 Sep '12, 4pm

Africa's Massive Elephant Slaughter Increasingly Militarized, Mafia-ized

Africa's Massive Elephant Slaughter Increasingly Militarized, Mafia-ized

NonprofitOrgs Mobile /CC BY 2.0 TreeHugger's covered the tragic, horrendous and increasing poaching of Africa's elephants many times, but a new piece in the New York Times really lays bare just how awful the situation is—and how the slaughter is now being carried out by militarized gangs, militias, and even national militaries that receive support from the US government. The opening vignette: 22 elephants killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo's Garamba National Park, their tusks hacked off, apparently shot by marksmen operating from helicopters, probably by the Ugandan military. The take: Over a million dollars worth of ivory. The elephants were found clumped together in circles, with the young in the middle for protection, likely corralled together by the poachers from the air before being shot. Rangers say this method of attack is something they hadn't before seen. ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/africa-eleph...

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