Jumbo Threat

Suites, Daniel
April 2012
Natural History;Apr2012, Vol. 120 Issue 4, p12
The article presents a report published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) African Specialist Group, who investigated the killing of elephants for their meat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo where the elephant population is nearly depleted. The sale of elephant meat and tusks is illegal under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES), but poachers, aided by corrupt authorities, and the illegal trade are rampant. The products of one bull elephant can yield $10,000, so high that ranking government officials, businessmen, and even priests are involved in the trade. While only the tusks are in demand in foreign markets, especially China, the meat is in demand in the local area both for taste and cultural reasons.


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