Target: Mr. L Nhidza, Investigations and Security Manager of the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority
Goal: Demand the conviction of poachers who poisoned and killed over 100 elephants with cyanide
Eight poachers have figured out a new and disturbing way to kill elephants, choosing to poison them with cyanide. So far, one hundred elephants have died just in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. Still worse is that the poisoning, although aimed for the elephants, is harming other animals in the vicinity. Now hundreds more animals are in danger. These poachers must be caught and brought to justice.
The new method poachers are using to kill the elephants is to place cyanide-laced salts around the watering holes where they drink. Soon after eating the salts, the elephants fall over and endure an agonizing death while poachers extract their tusks. The death toll of the elephants is expected to rise, as police believe that there may be more elephant carcasses within the park that have not yet been found. More dead animals and birds are sure to follow, as they end up feeding on the dead elephants, also ingesting the deadly poison.
Of the hundreds of elephants sacrificed for greed, only seventeen tusks were able to be recovered thus far. It is likely that the remainder were shipped from Africa to Asia, where poachers can receive thousands of dollars for each. In response to this tragedy, representatives from six African countries pledged their support of elephant conservation.
If elephant poaching is not stopped, it is estimated that they will be extinct within ten years. Only three of the eight poachers implementing cyanide-laced salt have been caught and sentenced thus far. The remaining five have not yet been found. Demand that these poachers be caught and sentenced for killing over one hundred elephants.
Dear Mr. Nhdiza,
The eight poachers who have poisoned over one hundred elephants must be brought to justice. Not only have they caused the suffering of so many elephants, but they have also put other animals in danger, and because the area is unfortunately still contaminated with cyanide, the death toll is expected to rise.
If poaching continues at this rate, elephants will likely be extinct in the next ten years. By catching and sentencing three out of the eight poachers who used cyanide poison, perhaps an example has been made to other poachers. However, we still need to catch the other five to emphasize that there will be no tolerance for such cruelty to animals. Please, do what you can to find them and seek justice.
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