Poaching must stop!

Poaching of Elephants in Cameroon!


Poachers with modern weapons from Chad and Sudan are illegally killing elephants in Cameroon. It's probably Sudanese poachers who are traveling south through Chad on their way to Cameroon. In the past few years, Chad's elephant population has plunged from several thousand to a few hundred, forcing the poachers further afield.


"They are targeting one of the most vulnerable elephant populations in Africa," said Jason Bell, Director of IFAW Elephant program. "The ivory from these slaughtered elephants is flowing out of Africa at an uncontrollable rate."


"Elephants killed by poachers experience tremendous fear and suffering before dying," Bell explained. "Often professional poachers - some of whom are former or current soldiers - are armed with military weapons such as AK47s. The AK-47 is designed to kill a person who weighs 70 to 80 kilograms. In order to kill an elephant weighing 5,000 kgs you have to use a lot of bullets and it can take a very long time for the animals to die."


The requests for ivory are most likely coming from Asia and the Middle east. Boycott everything that has something to do with ivory and show your disgust with the business wherever you go, in order to diminish the demand.


Sign petitions against this! Here is one: www.thepetitionsite.com/m/1/cameroon-stop-the-elephant-slaughtering/


Elephant killing

Read articles on this topic: www.news.discovery.com/animals/elephant-poaching-cameroon-120229.html





Here is a link to a page with several elephant organizations and elephant loving groups:


September 23, 2008


Dorothy, a female chimpanzee in her late 40s, died of congestive heart failure. A maternal and beloved figure, Dorothy had spent eight years at Cameroon's Sanaga-Yong Chimpanzee Rescue Center, which houses and rehabilitates chimps victimized by habitat loss and the illegal African bushmeat trade.


After ...a hunter killed her mother, Dorothy was sold as a "mascot" to an amusement park in Cameroon. For the next 25 years she was tethered to the ground by a chain around her neck, taunted, teased, and taught to drink beer and smoke cigarettes for sport. In May 2000 Dorothy—obese from poor diet and lack of exercise—was rescued and relocated along with ten other primates. As her health improved, her deep kindness surfaced. She mothered an orphaned chimp named Bouboule and became a close friend to many others, including Jacky, the group's alpha male, and Nama, another amusement-park refugee.


Szczupider, who had been a volunteer at the center, told the photographer of this photo, Monica Szczupider: "Her presence, and loss, was palpable, and resonated throughout the group. The management at Sanaga-Yong opted to let Dorothy's chimpanzee family witness her burial, so that perhaps they would understand that Dorothy would not return. Some chimps displayed aggression while others barked in frustration. But perhaps the most stunning reaction was a recurring, almost tangible silence. If one knows chimpanzees, then one knows that [they] are not [usually] silent creatures."