Poachers Killed Five Elephants While the World Mourned Cecil

by Rachel Baker on August 7, 2015

I don’t really understand either the outrage about a lion or the need to hunt big game. I completely understand some people get off on the hunt, but my challenge in understanding comes with how many of them actually have lion, wildebeest or giraffe meat in their freezers?

I’m truly saddened that while everyone mourned a research lion (and I live in the area where old research chimps go to die, so I sort of get it) five elephants were killed because poachers wanted their tusks. These elephants were killed in a national park in Kenya, and no one gives a damn. Why?

Shouldn’t we be asking ourselves why we give a shit about a 13 year old lion, but not when an adult female elephant and her four offspring have their tusks hacked off?

While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion that was allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya.

Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning — what appeared to be an adult female and her four offspring, their tusks hacked off.

While the killing of the lion in Zimbabwe has attracted the world’s attention, the death of the five elephants has received almost no coverage, even though elephants are under a far greater threat from poachers than lions. Their tusks can be sold in Asia for more than $1,000 per pound.

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As the world mourned Cecil the lion, five of Kenya’s endangered elephants were slain

This article was written by: Rachel Baker – Click to follow on Twitter; or you can follow her at The Crafty Veteran on Bloglovin. You can also follow her writing about women veteran interests at Shield Sisters

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