Wild beasts threatened by poaching, human infringement
By Bianca Brais
Peter Evershed, a Zimbabwean man, was killed by lions while showering in a safari camp near the Zambezi river on Oct. 29.
Details on the attack in the Mana Pool National Park are still being released. Events like these are unusual, but these wild animals are being traumatized, BBC News explained. When Evershed was attacked, he was on a fishing trip in the Mana Pools area with three other people.
“These fishing camps don’t have security fences, but that’s why people go there – and you go there at your own risk because it’s a wildlife area and they’re trying to keep it as natural as possible,” Jonny Rodrigues, of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task, said to BBC News.
Due to the country’s economic decline over the past years, Zimbabwe’s wildlife has been affected. The people have turned to poaching and illegal hunting for food, BBC News reported. “When there is no food, people resort to snaring the wildlife,” Rodrigues explained.
Earlier in the year, further down the river, eight villagers were also attacked by lions, and, last month, a South African tourist was killed by an elephant as he approached a houseboat on Lake Kariba, BBC News reported.
“There’s been a lot of snaring and shooting of animals in the area so it’s upset the animals,” Rodrigues said. Many wild animals are being abused all around the world.
Elephants are another example of creatures that are being used for human needs.
Several elephants were rescued after five traders were arrested by the police in Assam for the sale and purchase of elephants, which is illegal in India.
The rates for these animals have increase each year. An adult elephant is worth $20,000-$30,000, while a calf is worth half of that, BBC News explained.
More than 100 elephants have been smuggled into other Indian states. “They have been sold in fairs like the one at Sonepur in Bihar. In some cases, these elephants have also been taken to Nepal,” PK Dutta, an Assam police spokesperson told BBC News. Some of the illegal traders had business cards saying they dealt elephants.
“We have arrested a few of them and we are trying to catch some more because we now know all those involved in this illegal trade,” he continued. Green Heart Nature, a wildlife protection society, helped the police arrest these men.
The elephant was recently declared as the “heritage animal of India,” BBC News stated. “Assam’s rising population and human encroachment on forests have brought man into direct conflict with the elephants and scores of people and elephants have died.”