Tuesday, 6 October 2015

24,000 elephants killed in 2015

More than 24,000 elephants have died at the hands of poachers since the start of 2015, The Born Free Foundation have reported.

According to Born Free’s monitoring of reports, over 24,300 elephants have been estimated killed since the beginning of this year. Further figures reveal that over 129,000 elephants have been poached for their ivory since the start of 2012.

Born Free Foundation Policy Adviser, Dominic Dyer, said: “Greed, corruption and ignorance is leading to the brutal, cruel destruction of Africa’s elephants and rhinos at a rate not witnessed in the history of human civilisation. Unless the international community takes urgent action to shut down the global ivory and rhino horn trade and provides more training, equipment and financial resources to African states to better protect their precious elephants and rhinos from poachers, we will be the last generation to see them in the wild.”

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