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Poachers kill 11 elephants in Kenya
Irishtimes ^

Posted on 01/08/2013 9:20:40 PM PST by chessplayer

Poachers killed a family of 11 elephants in the biggest single mass shooting of the animals on record in Kenya, wildlife officials said today.

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 resurgence of mostly Asian demand for ivory jewellery and ornaments.

"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.

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Sad to think about the elephants seeing their family members being gunned down before they themselves were killed. Poachers need to be killed on the spot,,,no trial, no jail, no nothing. Just fill them with bullets or hack them to death with machetes. And it's always mostly the Asian countries that drive poaching. And there is no reasoning with them, so thats why the poachers have to be targeted and killed.
1 posted on 01/08/2013 9:20:44 PM PST by chessplayer
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To: chessplayer

It is important to let the skulls rot 5 days to enable the tusk to release. Time isn’t a luxary for poachers so my guess they left a fifth of each tusk behind.


2 posted on 01/08/2013 9:24:56 PM PST by deadrock
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To: chessplayer

Wow! This is terrible news! Hope it doesn’t ruin my appetite as I sit down to eat my bacon cheeseburger.


3 posted on 01/08/2013 9:46:16 PM PST by Veggie Todd (Eat Mor Chikin)
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Poachers need to be killed on the spot,,,no trial, no jail, no nothing. Just fill them with bullets or hack them to death with machetes.

I agree completely.

4 posted on 01/08/2013 9:49:28 PM PST by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: chessplayer
Rhodesia used to have a cool ad saying something like "Rhodesia is ready when you are".

Ooooh, militaristic and anti-black, can't have that now. But what if Kenya got serious about stopping the poachers. Might find a few souls that would happily protect elephants from two legged savages.

Greenpeace and all those fur lovers are so passionate about saving animals, so do something other than throwing red paint on some rich bitch!

Oooh, that might be racist to suggest doing anything against a protected race............

5 posted on 01/08/2013 9:56:27 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: chessplayer

When I was in Kenya and Tanzania on safari in 2003, the newspaper mentioned encounters with poachers almost every day. People there despise poachers.

I will take a guess and they are former Somali pirates, they are ethnically related to many Kenyans so they blend in the population.


6 posted on 01/08/2013 9:59:46 PM PST by chrisinoc
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Bastards. I wouldn’t EVER buy anything containing ivory. The UN ought to do something useful for a change and outlaw the ivory trade. HA...like that’ll ever happen...


7 posted on 01/08/2013 10:08:49 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: doorgunner69

Back in 1980, I visited with a Texas millionaire transplanted to Kenya. He had a huge ranch and his own force of game wardens. His ranch had more elephants & rhino than it could sustain, so he offered some them to the Kenya Wildlife Service.

“Thanks, but no thanks”, was their reply, “we could not keep them safe from poachers”.


8 posted on 01/08/2013 10:14:38 PM PST by BwanaNdege ("To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize"- Voltaire)
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To: chessplayer

Odingo obama’s fellow countrymen in action


9 posted on 01/08/2013 10:17:09 PM PST by Arthurio
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To: Veggie Todd

You know the nice thing about elephant hunting, they’re so dam big you don’t have to be a good shot.
I bought this wallet from that pricey Kraut catalog, Hammlecher-Schlemmer or something: $600.00.
It was made from a bull elephant’s foreskin. Man was my wife mad!
But I showed her that if you rubbed it just right, it turned into a garment bag. So it was all good.


10 posted on 01/08/2013 10:27:15 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: chessplayer
I was on safari in Zimbabwe in 2001. Every time we got on a herd of cape buffalo, we had to divertbecause of all the elephants. My PH told me that sometimes the Zimm government pays to have whole herds of elephants killed because the carrying capacity of the land could not sustain that many elephants.

On another note, we heard shots in the concession we were hunting. The PH said that if those were poachers. we were going to shoot everyone of them. Apparently there is an open license on poachers.

He also explained that the reason there were so much wildlife in Zim was because the animals had an economic value. Hence, everyone in the country had a reason to ensure their survival. Kenya has outlawed hunting for some years. There is no money for games scouts or wardens to patrol for the poachers, so the poachers have free rein. There is less than 10 per cent of the wildlife in Kenya since the hunting ban.

11 posted on 01/08/2013 10:41:29 PM PST by Glennb51
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i pretty much agree on how to handle the poachers. we’re not talking about survival kills, or hunting plentiful game here.


12 posted on 01/08/2013 11:12:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: chessplayer

...and so the elephant’s death certificates will be registered in the State of Hawaii, yes?


13 posted on 01/08/2013 11:37:17 PM PST by Ouchthatonehurt
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To: chessplayer

If Obama had a Son...

TT


14 posted on 01/09/2013 12:01:27 AM PST by TexasTransplant (This needs to go viral http://vimeo.com/52009124 please watch it)
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To: chessplayer

Is the removal of tusk fatal? Has anyone ever tried putting the animal to sleep and then removing the tusk? I’m just curious.


15 posted on 01/09/2013 3:15:44 AM PST by youngidiot (God help us.)
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All the carcasses had bullet wounds


Duh! You think so? What amazing reporting and analytical skills the reporter has.


16 posted on 01/09/2013 4:38:02 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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I have a friend who has been on several major hunting trips to Africa. The logistics, licenses and costs is astronomical.........On his last one I think he said it was a month long.

Anyway, he took tons of pictures each trip and hosted a slide show at the local grade school for the kids there........It was very educational for the kids.

What's funny is that particular year, when Marty headed to Africa, his wife went her own way to Alaska for a cariboo hunt......

17 posted on 01/09/2013 4:58:46 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: youngidiot
Has anyone ever tried putting the animal to sleep and then removing the tusk?

I've thought about that too. That could be a deterrent to poachers.......

18 posted on 01/09/2013 5:03:32 AM PST by Hot Tabasco (Jab her with a harpoon or just throw her from the train......)
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To: Hot Tabasco

I believe there is an international ban on trading and using ivory.


19 posted on 01/09/2013 6:42:26 AM PST by Rannug ("God has given it to me, let him who touches it beware.")
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To: Aria

I agree with you. I’ve been an animal lover all my life, and I have no problem with hunting for food and hunting deer in the fall. While I wouldn’t want to do it myself, I understand that the PETA idiots who scream about it are clueless that an end to hunting means deer dying slow deaths due to starvation.

But killing elephants for ivory and cats for fur coats, that sort of thing? I despise it and I wouldn’t give a damn if the people who do it end up dead. If that makes me an animal nut and takes points away from my conservatism, so be it.


20 posted on 01/09/2013 8:24:34 AM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: CatherineofAragon

I agree with you also.

In the last few days I’ve been searching for a new coat with a hood and so many have “real fox” trim. I just won’t do it. On the other hand I have no inhibitions about mink or alligator - nasty animals.


21 posted on 01/09/2013 9:06:44 AM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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