Between Monday, June 13th, and Friday, June 17th, 22 elephants were found slaughtered in the southwest region of Chad by camel-riding poachers on the border of Cameroon.
In the past 12 months at least 170 elephants were killed for their ivory in Central Africa.
Sadly one of the biggest threats to these large but gentle giants is man. These beautiful animals are brutally hunted down and murdered for their ivory without even a second thought.
Unfortunately greed, power and desperation are driving forces when it comes to the ivory trade in Chad which is one of the poorest and corrupt countries in the world with most of its civilians living in poverty.
The effort to save the elephant populations against poaching is an ongoing battle.
How difficult that struggle has become was revealed in the 2010 census that shows the elephant population dropped from 4,000 in 2006 to around 2,500.
“The ivory is smuggled out of West Africa for markets in Asia and Europe, and oftentimes the money it brings funds arms purchases for use in regional conflicts, particularly the ongoing unrest in Darfur, Sudan and in the Central African Republic,” said Sissler-Bienvenu.
According to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), “at the end of March, Thailand customs officials seized more than two tons of African elephant tusks in the largest haul of smuggled ivory in recent history – 247 tusks, worth an estimated $3.5 million, hidden inside a consignment of frozen fish from Kenya. DNA analysis is currently underway to assess the real origin of the ivory.”
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