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limpyhobbler

(8,244 posts)
Fri May 25, 2012, 05:14 AM May 2012

Tens of thousands of elephants likely killed last year, experts say




By Miguel Llanos, msnbc.com

Providing the grimmest count yet on Africa's wildlife crisis, the global body tracking endangered species reported Thursday that tens of thousands of elephants likely were slaughtered last year by poachers after their tusks. Rhinos, while fewer in number, also saw mass slaughter as poachers went after their horns.

Prices for both have skyrocketed due to demand in Asia, where tusks are used for ivory ornaments and horns as a traditional medicine.

The illegal trade is escalating and "pushing these species toward extinction," John Scanlon, secretary-general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, said in testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

In the case of rhinos, just 25,000 of which are estimated left in the wild, extinction could come "during the lifetime of our children," he added.
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complete piece: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/05/24/11864661-tens-of-thousands-of-elephants-likely-killed-last-year-experts-say
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Tens of thousands of elephants likely killed last year, experts say (Original Post) limpyhobbler May 2012 OP
The penalties of poaching should be up'd dipsydoodle May 2012 #1
A little draconian perhaps, but hell yeah! Surya Gayatri May 2012 #2
Hi to you too ! dipsydoodle May 2012 #3
Until something in this world is worth more than MONEY ProfessionalLeftist May 2012 #4

dipsydoodle

(42,239 posts)
1. The penalties of poaching should be up'd
Fri May 25, 2012, 05:24 AM
May 2012

Amputation of both legs and both arms comes to mind. Chances are that stumpy wouldn't do any more poaching.

 

Surya Gayatri

(15,445 posts)
2. A little draconian perhaps, but hell yeah!
Fri May 25, 2012, 05:40 AM
May 2012

Maybe not both limbs, but at least one.
Then, there's always the threat of castration as an effective deterrent...

Hi dd!

ProfessionalLeftist

(4,982 posts)
4. Until something in this world is worth more than MONEY
Fri May 25, 2012, 08:49 AM
May 2012

We'll keep destroying it.

I agree with the previous comment - start lopping off the poacher's limbs. THAT is worth more to at least some of them than money. It's what you have to get to in order to stop this.

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