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Poachers in South West Chad kill 86 elephants, including 33 pregnant females

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 Hits 12439 Categories Elephants | In Focus | Ivory

 

Eighty-six elephants were killed in the last week close to Fianga, an area in Chad nearby the Cameroon border; the latest devastating elephant massacre.

Wildlife officials said armed gangs killed the elephants, including 33 pregnant females, and their tusks were hacked out. First investigations reveal that the group of poachers was from Sudan, moving along the Chad -Cameroon border in the Mayo-Kebbi East Region.

Local animal welfare activists said that armed gangs kill the elephants because of the ivory to fuel sub regional rebellion groups such as Boko Haram. According to SOS ELEPHANTS OF CHAD, it is time for Cameroon, Chad and central African Republic to step up their efforts and fight the terrorists with appropriate trained soldiers and weapons.

Information received by IFAW indicates that local communities in Fianga have been asking for support from the Chadian Government to stop the destruction of their harvest by elephants each year.

No support has been provided, which may be why the elephant massacre was not reported for some days – the killing of the elephants by poachers offering some sort of relief to local farmers unable to protect their crops and livelihoods from being damaged by elephant herds.

The new elephant massacre in Fianga is the worst killing spree of elephants since early 2012, when poachers from Chad and Sudan killed as many as many as 650 elephants in a matter of weeks in Cameroon's Bouba Ndjida National Park.

Jason Bell, director of IFAW's elephant programme, said it was now almost inevitable that certain regions of Africa faced the total decimation of their elephant populations.

"The poaching of elephants for their ivory is an issue of global significance, and needs a global response if we are to turn the killing fields of Central Africa into safe havens for elephants.

"This cannot happen in a vacuum. Ivory consuming nations – notably China – have to make a concerted effort to reduce the demand for ivory in their own backyards. Otherwise, the battle to save elephants will be lost," said Bell.

 

Comments (5)

  • Marilyn Cocking

    Marilyn Cocking

    19 March 2013 at 10:24 |
    Sickens me to learn this it's barbaric .

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  • stop killing the elephants

    stop killing the elephants

    19 March 2013 at 15:36 |
    It is so stupid...harvesting elephants for their tusks. we as humans are losing our humanity with every inhumane act poachers do. But the stupidest thing is to kill the females,especially pregnant ones. i mean where they gonna get the ivory from if they are killing the elephant babies too?? sad and stupid. these ppl need to get a new hobby.

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  • Denise Gray

    Denise Gray

    19 March 2013 at 23:01 |
    You ought to seriously consider hiring some US former Navy Seals, Marines, Green Berets like they did to fight the rhino poachers (see "Rhino Wars" on Animal Planet). I'm sure there are some mercenaries out there who love these creatures and would love to keep their skills in fine tune practicing a little justice on these criminals.

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  • meville burns

    meville burns

    21 March 2013 at 20:36 |
    It is sad that we as humans have to sink to violence to protect these beautiful animals but it seems the only way to combat this slaughter at the source. The ivory market MUST be closed down!

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  • Debra

    Debra

    21 March 2013 at 23:46 |
    such a despecable, ugly, horrifying and down right wrong thing these poachers have done! I hope that someone in that area will be able to catch them thru finding out if the ivory from these elephants have been purchased. Terrible, terrible life taken away! :(

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