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Illegal harvest for commercial trade has recently surged to become a major threat to some of the world’s most endangered and charismatic species. Unfortunately, the cryptic nature of illegal killing makes estimation of rates and impacts difficult. Applying a model based on field census of carcasses, to our knowledge we provide the first detailed assessment of African elephant illegal killing rates at population, regional, and continental scales. Illegal harvest for commercial trade in ivory has recently surged, coinciding with increases in illegal ivory seizures and black market ivory prices. As a result, the species declined over the past 4 y, during which tens of thousands of elephants have been killed annually across the continent. Solutions to this crisis require global action.
The researchers have found that between 2010 and 2013, Africa lost an average of 7% of its entire elephant population each year.
Because elephant births boost the population by about 5% annually, this means that overall more of the animals are being killed than are being born.
Julian Blanc, who also worked on the study, from the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites), said: "If this is sustained, then we will see significant declines over time."
originally posted by: IamAbeliever
Leave it to mankind. We destroy everything we touch.
originally posted by: BelowLowAnnouncement
a reply to: Kandinsky
How about we grind their teeth and sell it as an aphrodisiac to uneducated fools?