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African Elephants Slaughtered in “Poaching Frenzy”

Jamie Beck, fine arts editor/ slideshow editor

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Around 87 elephants were recently found dead near the Okavango Delta Wildlife Sanctuary in Botswana, Africa, killed and stripped of their tusks.  Botswana is home to the largest elephant population in the world.  Just last May, Botswana disarmed its anti-poaching unit one month after President Mokgweetsi Masisi took office. The country previously had a shoot-to-kill policy against poachers.  This had been very successful in trying to make the country a safer territory for their animals until recently. Poachers went on a rampage, they slaughtered the elephants who were found skinned out of their tusks, which was used for ivory. Because the area was so big and wasn’t closed off with gates, it made it easier for the poachers to get to the elephants.

Africa is known for the last remaining sanctuary which holds about 130,000 elephants, including the ones found dead.“I’m shocked, I’m completely astounded,” Mike Chase of Elephants Without Borders told the BBC. “The scale of elephant poaching is by far the largest I’ve seen or read about anywhere in Africa to date.

The Botswana government is denying the EWB’s claims, saying the 87 elephants were not poached in recent months or killed anywhere, they are calling the report “false and misleading.” The governments secretary, said the EWB told the government there were 53 elephants dead, which weren’t considered deaths from poaching. Their claims are that most of their deaths were from natural causes.

 

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Jamie Beck, Fine arts editor, slideshow editor

Jamie Beck is a junior at Sahuaro High School.  This is her first year in The Paper Cut and she is very excited to be joining. Jamie is the oldest of four siblings. She enjoys taking pictures of nature and ones with her friends and family. On her free time she likes hanging out with her boyfriend and sometimes drawing. She likes going to movie theaters and watching scary movies. Jamie also likes going camping at the lake and up in the mountains; her favorite part about the lake is tubing. Her friends describe her as quiet, sweet, fun and outgoing. When Jamie graduates she wants to attend Pima College to take classes to become a Pediatric Nurse.

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