By Dominick Mezzapesa - Wildlife Planet News
Charlie was an ambassador for a transborder conservation program organized by Elephants Alive, Save the Elephants and the Conservation Action Trust (CAT). Now a shell of skin is all that remains of this feel-good story. His life ended in a hail of bullets, fired from poachers who cared little about feeling good or saving a species.
When will the world wake up and tell Japan, China, Vietnam and other Asian countries that profiting from the slaughter of these animals for, signature stamps or Voodoo Traditional Chinese Medicine cures that don't work, are not worth killing every single God damn thing on this God forsaken rock, we call Earth.
Charlie was the first of 40 elephants to be collared by researchers attempting to track elephant movements in and around Parque Nacional de Limpopo (PNL), the Mozambican- section of the huge Great Limpopo Trans-frontier Park (GLTP) administered by the Peace Parks Foundation.
The aim was to understand how elephants navigate within human-created areas and how they are reacting to poachers who continually harass and kill their brethren. Charlie was going to lead the way toward a more promising future.
A recent census in Mozambique's PNL ecosystem found that, within the past five years, the population had more than halved with only 1,254 elephants remaining.
World famous Kruger National Park borders Mozambique's Parque Nacional de Limpopo on its eastern boundary and this is where the found the remains of Charlie, only weeks after having a tracking collar attached.
A planned expansion to nearly 38,500 square miles, is as dead as Charlie and Cecil.
Poaching, poor administration and corrupt bureaucrats are only part of the problem. The driving force for all this death is Japan, China and Vietnam. As long as these three go unpunished, it makes any possible expansion, impossible.
Michelle Henley of Elephants Alive said "When we found the elephants in the south - where we collared Charlie - they were huddled rather than spread out and highly aggressive, indicating raised fear levels. Just before we arrived, the Peace Parks technical adviser had flown the southern part of the PNL and he found 66 live elephants and 53 carcasses.
We're looking at a rapidly declining population. Poaching in PNL is definitely out of control and elephants are now being killed right on the Kruger border. It will soon be happening in the park itself."
Thirty years ago most of the continent's elephants were in Central and East Africa. Today the greatest percentage is in the southern African states which now have over half the continent's population. That's mainly because of massive poaching of forest elephants plus decimation in East Africa.
The Greater Limpopo Trans-frontier Park is the last holdout of a free, relatively unfenced elephant population - and Kruger is where 78% of South Africa's elephants live. But the elephant contagion is now definitely heading south, but the problem is after South Africa, there is no more South to run to.
"We're the final stronghold of African elephants and poachers know that,"said Henley. "That's why we've had a 53% decline right on our borders in the past five years. In the last 12 months, 68 elephants were poached in Kruger - the highest they've ever had since the 1980s. So elephant poaching is now a South African problem.
"Kruger's our treasure-box," said Henley, "and, right now, poachers are stealing our jewels. Elephants are an example to us of a moral society. They revere the old and adore the young. It's something we humans are fast losing. And by taking out the old tuskers we're crippling the wisdom of the species. We should be very concerned."
When will the world tell Japan, China and Vietnam no more? We give lip service to the poaching of Elephants and Rhinos because we don't want China mad at us, we don't want to hear the Japanese saying they are outraged about the accusations leveled against them and when of course they will play the race card.
Well maybe if your eyes were a little rounder you'll be able to see the problem, so shove that racist shit right up where you put your Rhino horn powder.
We have CITES and the WWF patting themselves on the back crying "Look how great we did, now send us more donations" The WWF knows who the corrupt officials are, but say nothing because they fear losing their "In" with these government officials.
CITES have had "Agreements" with China and Japan so far back that Madonna was still an actual Virgin. Then these two countries break their agreements and CITES has another meeting and spouts "This time it's for real...This time everyone knows how serious the situation is" and the next day another 96 Charlies are taken from us.
We wrote an article that showed on Yahoo Japan they had enough Ivory for sale that it would calculate out to at least 5,500 tusks needed to produce these trinkets. Why does Japan need so much Ivory? Cause they can't fucking sign their name, they need a stamp to do it, and of course it must be made of Ivory because anything less would be outrageous.
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China needs it's Rhino horn so these shrimp sized Chinese men can get a big hard-on and feel like more than just half a man. But lord knows Trump calls Taiwan and now they are so outraged they want to start WW3 over it.
Vietnam they're just scum, their the slime that's left over after the Southeast Asia morality barrel have been drained. Worse, they are the lap dog puppets for China. They act as a buffer so all the Wildlife Trafficking can be funneled through this God forsaken land, so China can pretend to keep it's hands clean.
When will the world wake up and hold these countries accountable? My guess... The moment the last Elephant is felled and the last horn is butchered out of a Rhinos head.