Poachers sought in elephant poisonings

September 26, 2013 by John McCoy
African bush elephant (Muhammad Mahdi Karim/Wikimedia)

African bush elephant (Muhammad Mahdi Karim/Wikimedia)

Ugh. From Zimbabwe comes news that more than 80 elephants have been slaughtered, indiscriminately poisoned by poachers.

From the Associated Press:

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Authorities in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that more than 80 elephants have died from cyanide poisoning in the country’s biggest national park over the past four weeks.
“The situation is getting bad, as the poison might have been taken by many other animals — not only elephants,” said Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, after touring Hwange National Park — Africa’s third largest wildlife sanctuary.
Last month the authorities reported they had arrested six poachers who had poisoned elephants with cyanide in the national park, which is roughly the size of Switzerland and is located about 50 miles southwest of Harare.
Kasukuwere has pledged stricter jail sentences for poachers.

 

 

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