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    Default Poachers slaughter hundreds of elephants in Cameroon

    [*******#000000][FONT=Georgia]Poachers have slaughtered some 200 elephants in a national park in northern Cameroon, about a third of the population, and the massacre is still going on, according to a wildlife protection group.[/FONT][/COLOR]
    [*******#000000][FONT=Georgia]The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) said a gang of Sudanese poachers had killed the free roaming elephants in the Bouba Ndjida National Park in northern Cameroon, near the border with Chad, in an unprecedented attack.

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    very sad news

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    Holy ****, a third of the population? RIP elephants.

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    No surprise. "In Africa there is no place for inedible scenery". In Xhosa they say: ndilambile - I'm hungry

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    Probably sustainable. Poachers know that **** ya know?

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    RIP elephants. That's horrible. I hope the poachers are caught and put to death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gresh View Post
    RIP elephants. That's horrible. I hope the poachers are caught and put to death.
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    feed the poachers to the hyenas, they deserve nothing better.

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    I'm starting to think maybe African countries with these kinds of vulnerable wildlife preserves should just start shooting poachers. What if the population of keystone animals in a given ecosystem becomes unsustainable? The potential for unprecendeted ecological damage is quite high.

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    only decent thing Mugabe ever did was to institute a shoot to kill policy iro poachers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dankster View Post
    Complete scum. They're going to wipe out an entire species for what? So some worthless POS can wear tusk bits on a necklace for "status"??
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    No, they will wipe them out for money. They don't give a **** what people do as long as they get the money. Bunch of sociopaths, place would be better off without them.
    Kill them before they breed.

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    As long as demand exists, the slaughter in 3rd world countries will be relentless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattfink View Post
    As long as demand exists, the slaughter in 3rd world countries will be relentless.
    very true and its probably rich people from the developed world that is buying these items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dracu 'scoţian independen View Post
    very true and its probably rich people from the developed world that is buying these items.
    Unsubstantiated buuuuuut I recall seeing on television that small sculptures intricately carved from ivory and rhino horn are important status symbols in China's new upper and middle class. They range from the size of baseballs and hockey pucks and go all the way up to the entire tusk. They are meant for conspicuous display in public rooms in the house.

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    From mates in the Anti-poaching side of things in Africa: The market is predominantely China, but other high demand regions are South Asia and the Middle East. there are a few "Western" customers but the bulk of ivory/horn is going East. Recently Zimbabwe found a couple of Chinese facilitators and arrested them. Most are smarter than that and leave it to the impoverished Africans to do the dirty work. The facilitators are often regional African businessmen, which is handy when you need to arrange international shipping. Often the customer wont leave their home. The ones who need to be shot are usually a few links further up the chain than the poor bastard trying to keep food on the table. Most poaching is for survival/subsistance. The methods are generally snares and the animals are generally "deer" type animals. Animals are used for food and some for commercial purposes.
    The next tier of poaching is commercial small scale: mass poisoning of Vultures for medicine, snaring of antelope for skins, as well as other animals. Purely commercial. Often resulting in utter overkill and "wastage" ie: poisoning a carcass and vultures dying from the meat - vultures weigh 10-15kg, poachers on foot, as most are, cannot carry more than a few vultures, although they may have killed 100 - quite common.
    Large scale "big Game" poaching is purely commercial and generally for the intercontinental market. generally they work in a large networks from the poacher on the ground to facilitators and middle men to the customer. Thats the ones you hear about mostly. There were poachers running out of Mozambique known for Helicopter based operations, flying to Kruger National Park, killing from the air, taking a chainsaw to the tusks and flying back out before RSA Airforce could scramble to intercept. Some of their jobs were reported as taking 15 minutes to get over the border, get the job done and back across the border.
    I mention that because I want people to realise poaching is not an ad-hoc industry of rag arsed africans killing indiscriminate animals and selling the tusks down the market. Its well planned, organised and the killing of the large animals is often targetted in occordance with the current demand. The blokes you see getting nicked and shot are just the lowest end of the scale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattfink View Post
    Unsubstantiated buuuuuut I recall seeing on television that small sculptures intricately carved from ivory and rhino horn are important status symbols in China's new upper and middle class. They range from the size of baseballs and hockey pucks and go all the way up to the entire tusk. They are meant for conspicuous display in public rooms in the house.
    LOL. I came into this thread thinking. "I bet the Chinese did this." Can't believe it took the second page for them to get mentioned. Oh the Chinese. What would we do with out them? Is there anything you can't blame the Chinese for?

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