Baby Elephants Snatched from Wild Herds – For Tourism Industry?
Baby elephants taken from their mothers. Adults destined to be hunted? Babies to be ‘broken’ for elephant ride safaris? Interesting report from IFAW.
Protection for elephants, or just an elaborate sham? That’s the question being asked after trucks transporting four young elephants were intercepted while transferring the calves to a “rehabilitation” centre last week.
According to a report by South Africa’s National Council of SPCA’s the elephants had been removed from their wild herds, because their mothers were to be shot at one of South Africa’s most infamous hunting ranches in North West Province.
“Do conservation officials actually know what their responsibilities to elephants are, and do they even care?” says Jason Bell, Director for the IFAW Elephant Programme.
Read more on this story from IFAW at the link above.