ZCTF report 11 September 2013

Only after the last tree has been cut down.
Only after the last river has been poisoned.
Only after the last fish has been caught.
Only then will you find that money cannot be eaten.
Cree Indian Prophecy
11th September 2013
A gang of 6 poachers has allegedly poisoned 41 elephants with cyanide in Hwange National Park. The 6 poachers allegedly placed salt laced with cyanide around the water holes where the elephants drink. The elephants eat the salt and die from the poison. 17 tusks have been recovered by police and the 6 poachers have been arrested.
The other problem is that when other animals and birds feed on the rotting elephant carcasses, they will also die from the poison. Hundreds of animals are now at risk. The police suspect that there could be more elephant carcasses in the park that have not yet been discovered.
This is the disadvantage of overestimating the elephant population in Zimbabwe. The poachers read that Zimbabwe’s elephant population far exceeds its carrying capacity and this encourages them to poach them. The punishment meted out to poachers who are caught, is not harsh enough to discourage them from reoffending. They need to be given some extensive jail time.
Johnny Rodrigues
Chairman for Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force
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