Zimbabwe Abducts Baby ElephantsWe Can Still Help Them
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According to the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, Hwange National Park visitors witnessed the capture of baby elephants by government helicopters and ground teams. Baby elephants were roped together after being separated from their mothers by firing shots above the herd. Thirty-four terrified baby elephants, seven lion cubs, and 10 rare sable antelope were rounded-up by Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority for possible sale to China.
Imagine the physical and emotional torment these babies will suffer confined, alone, and frightened on the long journey to China, likely by truck, sea freighter, and airplane via Mozambique and the United Arab Emirates. One baby elephant already died awaiting export, her limp carcass carved up to eat by her handlers. How many more deaths will follow? Baby elephants are fully dependent on their mother's milk until at least five years of age, often pining and dying if they are separated prematurely.
Former Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) official, Hank Jenkin, was hired to procure "hundreds" of elephants for Chinese zoos and safari parks, a far cry from his previous position regulating the global trade in endangered species. Zimbabwe's Environment Minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who sealed the deal, said it is "normal" for wildlife to be captured in the country's largest game reserve and exported "from time to time."
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Please send our letter below to officials in United Arab Emirates and Zimbabwe demanding that they stop capturing and exporting baby elephants.
Ahmed Esmaeil Al HashmiDirector, Biodiversity DepartmentMinistry of Environment and WaterP.O. Box: 1509DubaiUnited Arab Emirates
The Honourable Saviour KasukuwereMinister of Environment and Natural Resources Management11th Floor Kaguvi BuildingCorner 4th Street/Central AvenuePrivate Bag 7753, Causeway HarareZimbabwe
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