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Ivory Poachers Kill Elephant Family In Kenya
A family of 11 elephants has been killed by poachers in Kenya in what officials describe as the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in the country.
A gang of about 10 attackers hacked off the elephants' tusks in Tsavo East National Park on Saturday, officials said - the latest sign of a rise of mostly Asian demand for ivory jewellery and ornaments.
"It shows the great lengths these criminal cartels are ready to go to get ivory. It's really tragic," Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udo said.
He said it was the worst single incident of its kind recorded in the East African country.
Elephant poaching in Kenya fell sharply after 1989 when the government banned trade in ivory.
But there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years.
Demand for ornamental ivory is rising fast in Asia in tandem with growing Chinese influence and investment in Africa.
The Kenya Wildlife Service said foot, dog and aerial units were hunting the gang.
"The entire family of 11 elephants have been confirmed poached and tusks chopped off. All the carcasses had bullet wounds," the service said in a statement.
In May last year, 359 tusks weighing 1.6 tons impounded in Sri Lanka were found to have come from Kenya's Mombasa port.
Then, last October, police found 214 tusks worth £820,000 hidden in a coffin and fertiliser bags in neighbouring Tanzania.
Smugglers had planned to transport the ivory to Kenya for onward shipment to Asia, police said.
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what do you think?
Words fail me
Isnt this just awful.no doubt for the chinese market again.
evil vermin! anyone caught poaching should be given the death sentence, and anyone caught trading in illegal ivory should be given life imprisonement
Hope they get caught and life in prison
Bet the ivory is on root to china - pressure needs to put on china to stop their weird medicines etc
Evil.what cruel world we live in.i find things like that upseting. The problem is poaching is out of control.