Tags: 80 | elephants | poisoned | poachers | cyanide | zimbabwe

80 Elephants Poisoned by Poachers Using Cyanide in Zimbabwe

Wednesday, 25 Sep 2013 12:09 PM

By Alexandra Ward

Poachers have killed nearly 90 elephants in Zimbabwe over the last four months by poisoning them with cyanide, the country's Parks and Wildlife Management Authority said Wednesday.

Since May, the bodies of 87 elephants have been discovered in Hwange National Park, Caroline Washaya-Mayo, PWMA spokeswoman, told CNN. The poachers reportedly poisoned natural salt licks with cyanide in order to strip the elephants of their valuable and highly sought-after ivory tusks.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is About to Strike. Are You Prepared?

Officials are pushing for stiffer penalties for poachers as illegal wildlife hunting becomes a bigger problem in the African nation. Saviour Kasukuwere, Zimbabwe's newly appointed Environmental Minister, has vowed to crack down on elephant poaching in particular.

"That will be one of my missions in the new parliament, given the recent case of elephants which were poisoned by poachers," Kasukuwere told CNN.

Some believe harsher punishments would serve as a deterrent to others.

"They need to be given some extensive jail time. If it was, they wouldn't carry on doing it," Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, told CNN.

Poaching kills an elephant every 15 minutes, according to a study by the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

"Elephants were killed for their ivory in record numbers in 2011 and 2012, and some rhinoceros subspecies have become extinct or are on the verge of extinction," the study said. "Rangers are regularly killed by poachers, and some of the world's poorest countries continue to see their wildlife decimated for the black market in wild animals and parts. Meanwhile, the profits realized from the illegal trade in wildlife have surged to levels once reserved for legally traded precious metals. Criminal and violent groups around the world have become the main actors exploiting this global industry."

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Related stories:

28 Elephants in Africa Killed, Species Closer to Extinction

Poaching for Ivory May Cause Elephant Extinction

Elephant Poaching in the Central African Republic Rises  

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

The 2016 'Book Race': GOP Candidates Like Ben Carson, Huckabee Sell Like Hotcakes

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 20:50 PM

If potential Republican presidential candidates' recent book sales are a strong indication of their electability, then B . . .

Smoke on Boston Train Scares Passengers Who Bust Out Windows to Escape

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 19:37 PM

A commute on Boston's Red Line Thursday morning turned into chaos as smoke filled the train and passengers broke out win . . .

Seth Jackson Sentence: Foster Dad Gets 32 Months in Hot Car Death

Friday, 30 Jan 2015 18:50 PM

Kansas foster dad Seth Jackson was sentenced to 32 months in prison Friday for the July death of a 10-month-old girl who . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved