Poachers killed at least 200 elephants in last 5 weeks

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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.

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About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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