Elephants Poisoned For Encroaching On Palm Oil Plantation

Palm Oil Plantations Destroying Biodiversity

Two critically endangered Sumatran elephants were found dead in an Indonesian national park and it is believed they were poisoned by workers for a palm oil corporation operating in the area, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Now, three dead elephants have been found in Tesso Nilo National Park on Sumatra island in the last month. The carcasses of a five-year-old male and a young female were found on Friday within a kilometer of each other, said WWF spokeswoman Syamsidar.

File Photo: Villagers inspect the carcass of a Sumatran elephant allegedly poisoned by workers at a palm oil plantation in Krueng Ayon.

“We believe that the elephants were poisoned as the carcasses were quite close to each other,” she said, adding that autopsies needed to be conducted before the cause of death could be confirmed.

A Sumatran elephant was discovered dead in the park early last month, also from suspected poisoning, she added. Fifteen Sumatran elephants were found dead last year in Riau province, where the national park is located. Approximately half of the fatalities were poisoned–sentencing them to a slow and miserable death, Syamsidar said.

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Fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants remain in the wild, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Rampant expansion of palm oil and paper plantations and the mining industry have destroyed nearly 70 percent of the elephant’s forest habitat over 25 years, according to the WWF, and the animals have been targeted by poachers.

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In January, 14 Borneo pygmy elephants were found dead of suspected poisoning in the Malaysian state of Sabah (on the nearby island of Borneo). Three-month-old orphaned calf Joe made headlines around the world when he was pictured trying to rouse his dead mother.

Source: http://www.iol.co.za/scitech/science/environment/poisoning-suspected-in-elephant-deaths-1.1526724#.Ua5NToK_2NA

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6 Responses to Elephants Poisoned For Encroaching On Palm Oil Plantation

  1. LINDA BADHAM says:

    I DESPAIR OF THE WORLD AND ALL THE EVIL IN IT, THE POOR BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS SUFFER BECAUSE OF THE HUMANS GREED, AND UNCARING HEART ! WORDS FAIL ME LATELY BECAUSE I AM SICK TO DEATH OF THE CRUELTY AND SLAUGHTER OF ANIMALS THAT HAVE AS MUCH RIGHT AS ANY HUMAN TO LIVE ON THIS EARTH !!!!!

  2. Sarah Demmery says:

    Horrific. Just appalling 🙁

  3. Lisbeth Alvarado Sanchez says:

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” Mahatma Gandhi. For God’s sake let this animal live free and protected in their habitat it is our responsability as humans we are not the sole owners of this planet.

  4. icey says:

    I feel and I think his is very shameful of human wrong action

    Everyone just care about make money, and does not give a damn about elephant or other creatures lives,as we have already destroy the nature of wildlife, why can’t we leave the animals ALONE, and stop hurting them???

    Please stop all these !! I am also sick of death of the cruelty and slaughter of animals that have the as much as right as any human to love on this earth

  5. Heather Watterson says:

    Stop killing all the animals NOW! It’s totally unnecessary!

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