10:25PM, WED 9 JAN 2013 ANGER OVER ELEPHANT KILLINGS Kenyan Prime Minister asks for international help to curb poaching menace Rohit Kachroo: Africa Correspondent - last updated Wed 9 Jan 2013 World Kenya Some of the slaughtered elephants lie on the ground Photo: ITV News I can show you what it looked like, but I can’t tell you what it smelt like as flies swarmed and maggots ate away at the corpses. It seems that the family of elephants had tried to race away as bullets started flying. But none managed to escape. One mother lay where she fell next to her daughter. Nearby, in the baking heat, were the bodies of three siblings; half a mile away there were another five corpses. Others were scattered over several acres. In all, 12 lay dead. To get to the scene of Kenya’s worst ever attack by poachers, we couldn’t drive. We had to fly by plane, then helicopter. So imagine the determination and the planning of the gang of 17 poachers – murderers – who had travelled by foot to kill the family of elephants, one by one, in Saturday morning’s massacre. They must have trekked for several weeks to get to the spot, setting up camps, shielding themselves from the spotter planes which regularly fly overhead. They almost certainly had access to local knowledge. The family of 12 elephants in Kenya, on Saturday Credit: ITV News These are big-time gangsters who have started a lucrative process which will almost certainly end with someone in the Far East. It may be a man who feels that his sexual performance is about to improve with a bag of ground tusk, or a homeowner hoping that a new ivory centrepiece will add something to their living room. But thanks to China’s growing middle class, the demand for tusks is pushing up the prices. And the tactics used by poachers are bound to become more sophisticated as their targets become more lucrative. Struggling African governments will continue to struggle to combat the poaching menace. But tonight, in the face of Kenya’s latest gruesome attack, the country’s Prime Minister Raila Odinga seemed to accept that his government, despite its bravado, is incapable of beating the poachers on its own. He appealed for international help to contain the escalating threat. Last year, 360 elephants were killed in Kenya while in 2011 the figure was 289. And, of course, 2013 already looks like it will be another terrible year. Prime Minister Odinga's call has yet to be answered, but those who love this species will want the world to come together to fight the criminal gangs and cut consumer demand.
Originally posted by wlasikiewicz
That is just appalling, these people should be caught and have their skeletons surgically removed slowly with rusty tools.
Originally posted by doobydoll
This news made my heart suddenly weigh as heavy as lead
Is there anything good at all on this planet? All we hear about is massacres, poverty, war, greed, cruelty and catastrophe.
Is there anything we humans do that is of benefit to our planet or any life on it? I despair, I really do
Over the past eight years, the price of ivory has gone up from about $100 per kilogram ($100 per 2.2 pounds) to $1,800, creating a lucrative black market.
Originally posted by luciddream
reply to post by maryhinge
It is funny to me that everyone is blaming the poachers.... yes they do kill, but why? TO FEED THEIR FAMILY
DO YOU KNOW WHO BUYS THEM? CHINA
Its like blaming the car's engine for using up the gas. instead of the person who drives the whole thing.
Cut out these transaction with strict laws and regulations, like shoot to kill and fined heavily if someone is caught doing a transaction..... and Kenyan poachers can't do nothing with their Ivories... for them its just bones...
Originally posted by gort51
reply to post by tgalahan2
Good Point.......So did they eat the Elephants? Did they put all that good juicy meat to use? Would feed an African village for 6 months.....use the hide as leather fro shields and shoes...did they do that?
Perhaps we should give the Elephants.."Man" guns and tell them its open season....They're only Men...Is that ok?
Let see...10,000 Elephants left in Africa, 1 Billion Black Fellas.......Yep ...should keep them busy for a while.