“The African forest elephants may face extinction — possibly as soon as the next decade.”

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Sat, Mar 23rd, 2013 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Eighty-six elephants, three which were pregnant, were killed last week in Chad solely for their tusks, which were crudely hacked off the animals. With ivory selling at $1,000 per pound in Beijing to Chinese collectors, the rate of these killings means that "the African forest elephants may face extinction — possibly as soon as the next decade."

The World Wildlife Fund told Reuters that the killers of the 86 elephant herd were Arabic-speaking men on horseback, which suggests that they belong to the same heavily armed, professional foreign team of poachers responsible for a horrific attack that left hundreds of elephants dead in Cameroon last year — half the population of the park where the slaughter occurred.

The total numbers of African elephants being killed is mind-numbing — an estimated 11,000 in 2010, 25,000 in 2011, and as many as 30,000 in 2012.

The 86 elephants killed last week in Chad are part of an ongoing tragedy.

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