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Zimbabwe unveils plans to slaughter excess elephants for dried meat
Earth Times ^ | 01/04/08

Posted on 01/07/2008 6:02:59 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster

Zimbabwe unveils plans to slaughter excess elephants for dried meat

Posted : Fri, 04 Jan 2008 10:24:01 GMT

Author : DPA

Category : Africa (World)

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Harare/Johannesburg - Zimbabwe's parks and wildlife authority has announced plans to dry and sell elephant meat as a way of making use of the country's burgeoning elephant population, the official Herald newspaper reported Friday. The state-run body will apply to get a quota of elephants it can slaughter to make the delicacy, which is known in southern Africa as biltong.

Abbatoirs will have to be specially constructed for the purpose, according to the report.

"It is in our plans. We plan to start this year," said Morris Mtsambiwa, the director general of the authority.

"We tried it last year and we found that we did not have the proper infrastructure for the purpose," he added.

Zimbabwe's elephant population is believed to number around 100,000.

The biltong project is unlikely to have any real impact on the elephant population, according to the report.

The country would need to slaughter 6,000 beasts per year for there to be any impact on the population.

Around 500 elephants are already slaughtered each year to provide communities in areas near game parks with meat, according to the Herald.

Elephant numbers in several southern African countries, once nearly decimated by poaching, have swelled since a 1989 Convention for International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) ban on international trade in ivory.

Zimbabwe and South Africa last year raised the spectre of return to the culling in a bid to curb their numbers of the mammoth creatures, as a measure of last resort.

CITES has partly relaxed the ivory trade ban for South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; elephant; hunger; slaughter; zimbabwe
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1 posted on 01/07/2008 6:03:02 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Well, now that the elephants are in danger, the Zimbabwe situation will at last get some western media coverage. Anderson Cooper to the rescue...


2 posted on 01/07/2008 6:04:36 PM PST by americanophile
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To: TigerLikesRooster

“honey, would you please pass the biltong?”


3 posted on 01/07/2008 6:06:03 PM PST by robomatik (thompson/hunter '08)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Let’s see, their chicken industry was destroyed when the government seized poultry operations to slaughter for the stores to prove that meat could still be purchased, they wiped out what was left of their cattle industry because producers were ‘gouging’ by charging less than what it cost to feed the animals, and now they’re moving onto elephants.

Who knows, perhaps this will be, finally, the straw that breaks the media silence on the corruption there, but I sincerely doubt it.

4 posted on 01/07/2008 6:08:15 PM PST by kingu (Fred08 - The Constitution is the value I'm voting for. What value are you voting for?)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

CITES has partly relaxed the ivory trade ban for South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.

this is probably more about Ivory than jerky.


5 posted on 01/07/2008 6:08:28 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

The word “biltong” is the equivalent of “jerky” in the USA. You can have elephant biltong, or deer biltong, or gazelle biltong, etc.

Point being, I got no point, but the animal population in south Sudan exploded during the last 10 years of civil war, it’s possible that the same is happening in Zimbabwe.


6 posted on 01/07/2008 6:10:22 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: TigerLikesRooster
Socialism - it destroys the environment while capitalism saves it (much to the chagrin of liberals)
7 posted on 01/07/2008 6:13:56 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

Generally, when certain animals begin to be slaughtered for food their numbers increase.

That probably isn’t going to happen here.


8 posted on 01/07/2008 6:14:46 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How can there be excess, when they are on the endangered species list?


9 posted on 01/07/2008 6:14:50 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Until you reach the point of diminishing returns.


10 posted on 01/07/2008 6:18:33 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: TigerLikesRooster
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11 posted on 01/07/2008 6:25:59 PM PST by -=SoylentSquirrel=- (I'm really made of people!)
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To: doc1019
Until you reach the point of diminishing returns.

What do you mean?

12 posted on 01/07/2008 6:28:33 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: doc1019
How can there be excess, when they are on the endangered species list?

There can be local excesses due to favorable enviromental conditions in those areas. The endangered species list is determined by worldwide populations.

13 posted on 01/07/2008 6:29:57 PM PST by Americanchild
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To: TigerLikesRooster
PETA will be as quiet as a church mouse. The Zimbabwe government will do away with those cowards and there won’t be a peep...so PETA will stay away...
14 posted on 01/07/2008 6:31:15 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: Balding_Eagle

When there is a less than profitable margin because of diminished numbers. Basic economics.


15 posted on 01/07/2008 6:35:01 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: vetvetdoug

At the rate Mugabe is going, Zimbabwe will run out of people before it runs out of elephants.


16 posted on 01/07/2008 6:37:47 PM PST by spectre
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To: americanophile
Well, now that the elephants are in danger, the Zimbabwe situation will at last get some western media coverage.

That's an excellent point. I hadn't considered it.

17 posted on 01/07/2008 6:42:41 PM PST by BfloGuy (It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker, that we can expect . . .)
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To: doc1019

What has generally happened as people began to eat an animal is that demand has increased, more of the animals were bred and raised to keep up with the demand.

For example, the Holstein cow, raised for both milk and slaughter, Angus cattle, for it’s high quality meats. The pig, sheep, and so on.

The animals weren’t eaten out of existance. In fact, being eaten for food is quite likely what saved them.

It is different here, with the interference of a mad dictator economics aren’t going to be a factor, basic survival will be.


18 posted on 01/07/2008 6:47:58 PM PST by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: TigerLikesRooster

How many elephants are left on the continent?


19 posted on 01/07/2008 6:54:57 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: americanophile
Well, now that the elephants are in danger, the Zimbabwe situation will at last get some western media coverage. Anderson Cooper to the rescue...

Shirley, you jest.

The left will turn their heads and continue to bitch about baby seals and whales. Africans want to kill elephants and sell elephant jerky? Let them, will be their attitude.

20 posted on 01/07/2008 6:57:48 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Jay Grodner stands accused of keying a Marine's car. He's also a lawyer.)
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