According to USA Today, poachers have killed at least 200 elephants in the past five weeks in order to make a profit from their tusks.
These elephants are being killed in Cameroon, a country in western Africa, where they are more endangered than anywhere else in the world, according to the article.
“The ivory is smuggled out of West and Central Africa for markets in Asia and Europe, and the money it raises funds arms purchases for use in regional conflicts, particularly ongoing unrest in Sudan and in the Central African Republic,” Celine Sissler-Bienvenu, the spokeswoman for the Paris-based International Fund for Animal Welfare, told USA Today.
According to the article, wildlife experts said that 2011 was the worst on record for elephants and their tusks since ivory was banned in 1989.
Embassies have called attention to the elephant slaughter and have urged Cameroon’s government to stop the killing.
And Cameroon’s government must act quickly. If Cameroon’s government hesitates to act, it will only solidify, to poachers, that killing elephants for profit is OK. The government needs to act quickly and stop the killing or more elephants will be killed, which could lead to their extinction in the area.