Elephant Poaching Costs Africa $25 Million Annually

Posted: Nov 2 2016, 6:40am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

 
Elephant Poaching Costs Africa $25 Million Annually
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  • Hunting Elephants for Ivory costs $25 Million on an Annual Basis

Hunting elephants for their ivory tusks costs African tourism industry $25 million on an annual basis. This practice has ruined African economies in its wake.

When the 20th century began, there were some 10 million elephants roaming the jungles and plains of Africa. However, now there are only 500,000 left. This might give many wildlife conservationists pause for thought.

Between 2007 and 2014, the elephants decreased by nearly a third. As for African forest elephants, they have shown such a sharp decline. Only 40% of the original population remains after decimation between 2002 and 2011.

Many times elephants are killed off by people who don’t want them near their dwelling places. This practice has decreased considerably and it now only exists in case of Asian elephants and not African elephants. Then there are those who hunt elephants for their meat.

However, the most common reason behind killing elephants is to get at their ivory tusks. These rare tusks are then sold in the market by criminal organizations at hefty profits. Mostly the clientele for the artefacts made from these tusks is found in Asia.

There is the argument that such senseless killing of beautiful and gentle animals for their body parts is a crime of the worst kind perpetrated by human beings. Yet there is another reason which is being given now and that is that this ivory trade is economically a cause of ruination too.

Poaching costs African nations $25 million in the form of damages to tourism, according to a new survey. By decimating such rare animals as African elephants, the tourism industry is being given a death blow.

Were these elephants to become extinct some time in the future, there would be no tourism and so the economies of the African nations would automatically collapse.

The loss in biodiversity is seen whenever poaching takes place. The conservationists are up in arms and clamoring for an end to the poaching of elephants for their ivory.

The tourists mostly come to reserves for the sake of looking at the majestic elephants. When the poaching of these gentle giants begins, there are less elephants to show the tourists and so the tourism industry is hit pretty hard.

Furthermore, the money needed to stop poachers is less than what is gotten from the tourism industry. Therefore the stopping of poaching will take a massive effort.

It will not come naturally. As long as greed is present, this illegal and brutal activity will continue and wreak havoc on the economies of already taxed African nations.

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