Photo by @brentstirton | Today we congratulate the UK for their ban on the sale of Ivory. This ban will be total with the exception of musical instruments containing less than 20% of ivory, certified antiques and museum objects. This is great step forward for elephants. In solidarity I post this image from the largest mass killing of elephants in recent history, which took place at Bouba Ndjida National Park in North Cameroon from January through March 2012. Eye witnesses located over 450 carcasses, the ivory poachers themselves told local villagers they have killed over 650 elephants in their hunt for Ivory over the 500 000 hectare region. The poachers, numbering over 100 men, were mounted on horseback, led by North Sudanese men and armed with RPG's, grenades, heavy machine Guns and AK47's. They were in two main groups, with a number of reconnaissance units of 4 men locating the elephants then bringing in a larger force to kill the bigger groups. Intelligence indicates that many of the hunters came from Chad and were led by these Sudanese men. These facts have emerged from a number of eyewitness accounts, mainly by French professional hunters who saw the horseman in the Park and moving across local hunting concessions. They had the appearance and attitude of Janjaweed fighters from the South Sudan Darfur and Chadian conflicts and were disciplined, unafraid, arrogant and extremely efficient hunters. The elephants were herded together by teams of 4 to 8 riders who then decimated them with AK47 fire, killing all the elephants they could find, including babies with no ivory. Groups as large as 53 elephants were gunned down, with sections as large as 14 elephants lying within touching distance of each other.
This group of poachers was seen in Cameroon again recently. Curbing demand for ivory is one of the best ways to stop this nefarious business and save these magnificent, sentient animals. #elephants #stoppoaching
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