EU must take action to halt ivory trade
Elephant poaching continues to spiral out of control in Chad. Twenty elephants have been killed in just over two weeks for their ivory and there are concerns that more carcasses may yet be found. All have been killed outside protected areas, where they are vulnerable targets.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has condemned the violence and is calling on the European Union to take action to support African countries like Chad which are asking for help to save these endangered animals.
Five of the elephants were killed in the area of MayoLemié (near Nanguigoto) and the remaining 15 were killed in the Logone area of southern Chad. The lucrative illegal trade in ivory continues to kill thousands of elephants in Africa every year.
250 elephants killed in Chad in past year
‘The size of the haul indicates that a well-organised team of poachers was involved likely divided into teams of shooters and carriers. They may have used horses, camels or cars to transport the ivory out of Chad,' said Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, an IFAW expert on elephant.
‘In the past, ivory poaching was committed by non-Chadians and has fuelled conflict in Darfur in the Sudan and the Central African Republic. Chadians have also disguised themselves in foreign clothing to throw suspicion on to others.' More....