November 26, 2011: The status of “National Heritage Animal” to jumbos has done little to save them from electrocution in Odisha. The latest electrocution of two elephants at Bargarh last week only indicates to the continued threat to the endangered animal in the State.
KINSHASA - Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila on Sunday set light to an ivory stockpile to highlight the problem of poaching in the central African country.
The president also released five grey parrots and set light to a stockpile of pangolin scales in a ceremony at the Nsele Nature Park on the outskirts of Kinshasa.
"We wanted to discourage poachers and criminals," said Cosma Wilungula, director general of the Congelese Institute for Nature Conservation.
Elephants in captivity around the world face a life of isolation living within substandard facilities facing boredom, neglect and in some cases direct abuse at the hand of humans. Unfortunately it comes down to human greed and lack of understanding.
The only reason elephants are subjected to these lives of imprisonment is to entertain people; we are intrigued by the animal world and we want to be as close to it as we can, even if means the animal is destined to a life of suffering.