Entire Elephant Family Slain by Poachers in KenyaBy Steve Casimiro on January 9th, 2013
It’s hard to stomach. In what’s being called the most brutal and worst attack by poachers who traffic ivory illegally to China and other Asian countries, a gang killed 11 elephants in a single mass shooting last Saturday at Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Then they hacked off their tusks. The country has been one of the few African nations that’s been diligently and systematically trying to stop the trafficking since the late 1980s, but Kenya has still seen ivory traffic through its ports. In May last year, 359 tusks weighing 1.6 tons impounded in Sri Lanka were found to have come from Kenya’s Mombasa port. The present poachers are being tracked by dogs and from the air, but it’s not clear if Kenya has enough safeguards in place to stop more mass slaughters like this one. Via Sky.com.
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