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Elephant Poaching

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Lana Mathis

on 17 October 2013

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Elephant Poaching
Elephant Poaching
By: Lana Mathis and Matt Clarke
Elephant poaching in Africa has not only affected the animals, but the people in the surrounding villages as well. Poaching is a way of life, and it is how you provide for your family. They are now using different ways to kill the elephants, and using more and more of the elephants tusks, skin, and meat to make more money. Soon there will be nothing left of this endangered species.
Article #1- Elephants poisoned by poachers in Hwange, Zimbabwe
Elephants are now being poisoned as a quieter alternative kill. This way they can get more from the elephant. Before poisoning their only other option was to kill it, and then use a chainsaw, and the the chainsaw destroys more then what it is providing for the poachers.
Article 1 Summary
By poisoning the elephants they are making it harder for the poachers to be found, caught, and punished for what they are doing. The poachers realize that the population is decreasing, which them forces them to find new things to poach, instead of just tusks.
Article 2: Poaching still a factor in declining forest elephant populations
Article 2 Summary
Point of Persuasion
Political Cartoon
In this cartoon the elephant is poaching an egg
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Elephants Poisoned by Poachers in Hwange, Zimbabwe." Standard Digital News. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2013.
Overall, this topic is a difficult one to grasp. On one hand no one wants to see the elephants perish for decorations, yet on the other hand it is the only form of reasonable income for the poachers. In conclusion, we are all against poaching, but the poachers need more incentives and job opportunities in these countries to stop their crimes.
While the researchers were carrying out the survey, they found signs of poaching, including gunfire, snares and poachers' camps. The study, the first reliable forest elephant estimate in nearly 30 years, suggests that around 189 forest elephants are now living in the park. This is down from an estimate of 800 at the last count.
This explains that the elephant population is still in danger even in the national parks, and tourist driven parks. The more elephants are poached the more money the parks are receiving because the elephants become more and more rare to see. Which is great for the parks and workers there, but bad for the poachers who are also trying to make a living.
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