Leading Scientists Conclude Elephant Poaching In Africa Has Not Decreased In Past Decade

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  1. Hoas

    Hoas AH Fanatic

    Nov 11, 2014
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    Leading scientists conclude elephant poaching in Africa has not decreased in past decade


    A new scientific paper warns that the world cannot lower its guard on protecting elephants.

    The paper, published yesterday (24 June), presents rigorously peer-reviewed analysis showing that while elephant poaching has declined in East Africa, it has not diminished in the rest of the continent since 2011.

    Poaching levels remain high in West, Central and Southern Africa – and are likely unsustainable in West and Central Africa, meaning some elephant populations in these regions are at risk of extinction.

    The sobering news comes as there appears to be a creeping, unsubstantiated and arbitrary perception that elephant poaching is in decline across Africa. Indeed, certain governments in southern Africa – Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe – support the resumption of commercial international trade in ivory and last year attempted to sell their ivory stockpiles despite increasing poaching in the region and the risk of such trade further exacerbating it.

    Mary Rice, EIA’s Executive Director, said: “This is a reminder to those who think we have solved the problem of elephant poaching that it is a reckless belief. Let us be clear – elephant poaching is not declining across Africa and in fact remains high and unsustainable.”

    EIA investigations and engagement with wildlife traffickers show that elephant poaching and ivory trafficking continue to pose a serious threat to elephants, particularly in West and Central Africa. EIA is also very concerned about increasing poaching in in countries such as Botswana and South Africa, previously considered safe havens for elephants.

    In 2019 alone, more than 44 tonnes of ivory were seized, representing at least 6,500 dead elephants, with more ivory seized last year than in the previous three years (2016-18); this includes the world’s largest ivory seizure of 9,120kg of ivory, in Vietnam in March 2019.

    Rice added: “While certain developments such as the ivory ban in China and improvements in enforcement in East Africa are having a positive impact on elephant populations in East Africa, we cannot ignore the onslaught of poaching in all other regions across the continent.

    “We cannot afford to take our collective eye off the ball and must continue to enhance our efforts to tackle wildlife crime and the associated corruption and poor rule of law which facilitates such crime.”
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  2. flatwater bill

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    The Environmental Investigation Agency, or EIA published this article (as credited). They are an NGO with offices in DC and London. They do some good work in environmental areas. But where elephant are concerned they are driven by emotion and display a woeful lack of scientific knowledge. In a nutshell, their solution to dwindling elephant numbers is to stop shooting them. In local environments like Kruger or Hwange, that may not help...it may exacerbate the problem. Elephant numbers are not "dwindling" everywhere. And their opposition to Namibia and Botswana selling confiscated ivory helped defund the anti poaching units. In 1960 Tanzania had 10 million humans, while Uganda held 7 million. Today those numbers are 60 million and 46 million respectively. Think of it, let it sink in. 17 million total when I was a boy...now 106 million during one man's lifetime. Just two examples. These populations will all directly or indirectly take their toll on wildlife, elephant included. A comprehensive solution must take this tidal wave of humanity and plan for it. Part of a comprehensive solution must include controlled, legal hunting. A first step would be to talk with the Professional Hunter's Associations of each country involved. Greenies rarely do such things. Emotion tells them to stop shooting the elephant. That will fix it. Still, the article is quite correct. Poaching is rampant........thanks for posting, learning more never hurts.....FWB

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