By Munya Vomo
When the recent senseless killings in Kenya happened, the last thing anyone thought was that they would be linked to poaching activities in South Africa.
But any war costs money and for al-Shabaab to be able to afford to carry out their the ruthless mission, they needed to have some source of income.
The research done after the attacks revealed that the one area where any African can make loads of money is ivory trading. Nicknamed white gold, ivory is taken from elephants, mainly through illegal means.
Poaching figures are recorded every month in Africa but strangely, ivory products are still sold openly the world over.
More disturbing is that while poachers are in the wrong for illegally killing these animals, they make the situation worse by the way they choose to kill them.
If they were a little less brutal about how they killed them, it would still be wrong, but not as damaging.
For instance, there was recent news in Zimbabwe that poachers had resorted to pouring cyanide in waterholes for elephants to drink.
Cyanide is acidic, so when the animal ingests it, it is burnt alive. It is the stuff that Hitler and his boys used in World War II to torture and execute their enemies. More....