End The Killing of Elephants In Zimbabwe

Target: Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Management

Goal:  Enforce protection of elephants in Zimbabwe and stop their needless slaughter

Zimbabwe was once home to nearly 100,000 elephants, but according to some conservationists that number has dropped as low as 30,000 and is continuing to do so. Recently, two elephants were shot and killed by Zimbabwe wildlife authorities. A herd of approximately 19 elephants had roamed into a farming village in the country’s northeast. The rangers were trying to drive the herd off when a man was trampled and gored to death by the elephants causing the rangers to fire upon them and killing two in the process.

Elephant attacks have been on the rise in Zimbabwe due to human settlements encroaching into wildlife sanctuaries. Elephants eat 300 kilograms of foliage a day. With loss of habitat due to human development they are forced to look elsewhere for food. Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, has even said, ‘The government uses claims that elephants are destroying crops and attacking villagers to allow them to be hunted in national parks and safari areas.’ Elephants travel in family units and remember if one of their members is attacked and killed. They have the ability to associate humans with violence against them based on events like the recent shootings. When they do attack, it is usually because of a past traumatic event.

Elephants face many challenges to survival including illegal poaching, drought, and loss of habitat. In Zimbabwe elephant protection seems to be little more than a moniker. Elephants and other game are shot to fund the national parks. The corrupt political connection between park authorities and government needs to end. Zimbabwe was once a thriving tourist destination for wildlife viewing. Decreased enforcement of protection of wildlife has led to economic collapse and rampant corruption.

The shooting of two elephants reinforces the need for enforcement of policies to protect elephants as well as the need to maintain their natural habitats. By signing this petition you are asking the government to manage elephant populations without corruption and end their needless slaughter.

PETITION LETTER

Dear Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Management,

The recent shooting and killing of two elephants brings the necessity of protecting these animals to the forefront. A herd of elephants had roamed into a village and the death of a villager resulted from the elephants trampling him. It also resulted in the punishment of the elephants for things beyond their control that humans can work to resolve. Some elephant attacks can be attributed to human settlements encroaching into wildlife sanctuaries. Elephants eat 300 kilograms of foliage a day. With loss of habitat due to human development they will roam into villages looking for food. Elephants travel in family units and remember if one of their members is attacked and killed. These incidents will only further the problematic relationship between human and elephant.

In Zimbabwe elephant protection seems to be little more than a facade. Elephants and other game are shot to fund the national parks. The corrupt political connection between park authorities and government needs to end. Zimbabwe was once a country that enforced the protection of its wildlife and was a top tourist destination for wildlife viewing. Decreased enforcement of protection of wildlife has led to economic collapse. Zimbabwe can return to being a tourist destination with thriving elephant populations if government steps up and ends corruption.

Please enforce policies to manage elephant populations without corruption and end their needless slaughter.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Sign the Petition

  • Your email will not be published. By signing you accept the ForceChange terms of service and may receive updates on this and related petitions.

Facebook Comments

comments

8 Comments

  1. Gillian Van Wyk says:

    Elephants are great sensitive gentle beasts with a memory and a family system that is similar to ours, people must attend to this and understand that they are trying to feed themselves not to hurt humans when they come into human areas, the people should not threaten them and they would leave after eating.

  2. Monika calvert says:

    You need to stop killing those magnificent animals before it is to late. Please do something to protect them. It would be a very sad world without Elephants.

  3. Muriel Servaege says:

    Elephants are sensitive with a brilliant memory. Killing thiose majestic animals, for any reason, is simply criminal.

  4. It seems to be an endless battle to stop people killing wildlife
    i am so sick of signing petitions when there is an alternative,
    shoot the poachers and hunters, i dont know
    what the answer is maybe we have to think about getting seriously
    tough take there guns away.

  5. suzanne o'meara says:

    if people do not care enough to make the effort to prevent 100% poaching – elephants, rhinos etc – then the animals deserve higher intervention & are eligible for special elestial immortal status automatically .who or where is able to provide the necessary ? people being so unworthy – all poaching & hunting should be immediately abolished. people do not have the right , the animals are waiting ….

  6. For every action there is a reaction. According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to other living beings, we must endure pain and suffering in return, both individually and collectively. We reap what we sow, in this life and the next, for nature has her own justice. No one can escape the law of karma

  7. it’s insane. the world is not a creation specifically for the benefit and pleasure of human beings

  8. Elephant slaughter doesn’t serve Zimbabwe.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Signatures

  • k nelson
  • Alper Arslan
  • Susan Howard
  • Christine Roeffen
  • Dimitris Dallis
  • Sheila Dillon
  • Jenna Miles
  • Chie Smith
1 of 415123...415