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*Graphic Warning* The Forgotten Story Behind Bushmeat – The Plight of the Starving People of Zimbabwe

Posted in Africa: Elephants with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2010 by kendickjerkins

Society, in some areas, has been growing at an exponential rate. As we progress further into the 21st century some could say that we’ve been growing at such a breakneck pace that we often times forget about what’s going on in the world around us. This is unfortunate because we often times take things for granted and overlook issues that still plague humanity, like starvation.

In Zimbabwe the death of a bull elephant is a blessing.  Starving villagers are able to use every piece of the elephant for food, including the trunk and ears.  Even the bones are used as they are boiled for soup; within 24 hours there is nothing left of what was a 13ft Elephant.

The body of a dead Bull Elephant is discovered deep in the bush

Just moments later people from local villages arrive

An elephant such as this that succumbs to old age can provide an entire village with food.  Is the death of a giant of the savanna sad?  Yes, but this animal was not killed for two tusks, it was not slaughtered in order to sell ivory to fuel the worlds greed.  It was allowed to live its life, father children, and then, when its time came, its death blessed an entire village of starving men, women, and children with the food they need in order to survive.  This is the true circle of life; nothing of this elephant was wasted.  The entire body was used, and its life was not ended short in order for that to happen.

Villagers stand watching as men cut up and distribute meat

Everyone rushing in to get something to bring back home

Poaching destroys the ability for these giant, majestic animals and human beings to coexist on this planet.  Poachers kill without a thought for anything but the two tusks that they can remove; they don’t use the meat, they don’t use the bones, they don’t use the skin.  If an entire village can be fed for days on a single elephant, just image the amount of food that could be gleaned from the approximately 23,000 elephants that are killed each year by poachers.

Villagers stand by all that is left but bones, even that will be used

In Zimbabwe alone, 2.17 million people are starving, according to the Red Cross.  That is one in four people in dire need of food, but instead we in the West and Asia support the poachers by buying ivory piano keys, ivory canes, ivory chotchkies, etc. etc.

A lone villager stands where the carcass once stood

So, what do we value?  Pretty objects that are smooth and nice to touch, or the salvation of an entire continent of the largest land animals left on our planet and the people who share the land with them?  The decision is up to all of us to make, but personally, I can’t even believe that a decision between people’s and animal’s lives and petty possessions can actually exist.

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Ivory Wars – Chad’s President personally involved in Saving Africa’s Last Great herds

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 14, 2010 by Dori G

Concerned about the increase of poaching in  Chad and the loss of  some of Africa’s Great elephant herds,  President Idriss Déby is personally involved in the fight against poachers.

More images from the BBC…..

Lion poaching on the increase…

Posted in Africa: Lions, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 27, 2009 by Dori G

With dwindling numbers,  rapid habitat loss including poisoning by farming communities, increasingly high numbers of  lions are being both targeted and have become victims of  reckless snaring. Below are some heart breaking images:

Video of poachers caught in the Mara Triangle with a young freshly skinned lion. As you can see his main has not fully developed yet.

Snared lioness

Rhino horn worth more than gold

Posted in Africa: Rhinos, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 27, 2009 by kendickjerkins

POACHERS see this rhino as their way to get rich quick – for its horn is now worth more than gold for the first time in a decade.

Illegal Bushmeat Trade Video

Posted in Africa: Primates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by Dori G

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Here is a video with some graphic footage by Jane Goodall Institute about the Bushmeat trade.

More photos and videos to come.

Casualities of the Bushmeat Trade …………

Posted in Africa: Primates with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2009 by Dori G

No words needed:

What is the Bushmeat Trade?

Posted in About, Africa: Primates, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by Dori G

The bushmeat trade is the illegal, over-hunting of wildlife for meat and income.

Already in West and Central Africa this trade has resulted in declines and local extinctions of many wildlife species and the economic, cultural and ecosystem services they provide. In addition, a number of human health threats have emerged from the trade in bushmeat including linkages to  HIV/AIDS, ebola and the threat of anthrax.

Bushmeat trade is not regulated or managed by any authority. Economic benefits from the trade go mainly to hunters and traders. If current trends continue, future generations of citizens in Africa will not have the opportunity to access benefits from wildlife. Using wildlife to meet protein and income demands cannot be supported in the long term.

The immediate threat of loss of economic opportunity, cultural and ecological services, and other values to a wider community must be addressed today.

(Taken From: www. bushmeatnetwork.org)

Here are some images from the Bushmeat Trade for you to get an idea of what we are talking about:


Smoked Gorilla Meat