The slaughter of elephants in Africa is rising and the numbers are alarming. Statistics show that between 30, 000 and 50, 000 elephants were killed for their tusks in 2012 in Africa.
The Ivory Trade
The main reason for the poaching of the elephants is to harvest their tusks. They are made of ivory and there is a high demand for this, especially in the Chinese market. The ivory is used for all sorts of things and is very expensive to buy. The black market ivory trade unfortunately is very successful as the demand is so high.
The status of the elephants is more critical now than ever, especially in the following areas; West and Central Africa, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Guinea Conakry. Despite the fact that elephant poaching is against the law, nothing stops the poachers from getting what they want.
A series of military operations has been launched to fight back and to stop this criminal activity that is threatening elephants and biodiversity as a whole. What would the world be if elephants became extinct?
Source & Photo: CRI