Where was the world when the 81st elephant closed her droopy lids for the last time after she drank from a water hole that was contaminated with industrial cyanide normally used for gold mining? This dastardly deed was done by members of a poaching syndicate at the Hwange National Park, which is supposed to be a wildlife sanctuary.
With the internet so pervasive in our lives, we hear about these atrocities and I wonder if we are so over-bombarded with information that we have info-exhaustion! But, I want to put this out to my blogging community because this is such a travesty!
We hear about Sarin gas used in Syria but it does not appear certain who deployed it. We hear about the siege by al-Shabaab in Nairobi that killed innocent people in a mall going about their daily lives, as retribution for Kenya‘s involvement in Somalia. I can’t help but wonder if this would galvanize the other African nations more to band together with Kenya to prove to these terrorists that violence will not serve their mission.
As for the 9 poachers who were caught, I hope they go to jail. And in jail, they will be made to write on a required number of sheets:
I will never again kill animals for my personal gain.
Over and over again. Every single day. For the duration of their sentence, which I hope will be long. Tedious. Boring. Repetitive task. Until it sinks in.
And then, someone needs to hunt down the businesses that buy the tusks. They too need to suffer some kind of retribution. Perhaps, they should be made to fund research for the preservation of this elephant species, improve their habitat, replace the vultures, and other animals that died too. And for every owner of these tusks, they should pay tax for every year that they still own them. These taxes should also go into funding the betterment of the wildlife in Hwange National Park.
This post was inspired by Michelle’s Daily Prompt: We Can Be Taught!
I’m not sure we humans can be taught. Nature can teach us. History can teach us. But, are we capable of learning? I’ve been to Warsaw and I spent one afternoon at their Holocaust museum. I went to Prague and saw their Jewish quarter, and toured Terezein, an hour away, supposedly the “mildest or most tame” concentration camp for Jews in WWII. I’ve been to various parts of Germany, where Hitler supposedly walked the grounds and beat his chest in front of a multitude of uniformed soldiers. And yet, we have people who go around saying that the Holocaust never happened.
If the elephants died in Hwange National Park but no one heard their last breaths or saw their suffering, did it never happen?
- Zim elephant death tolls climbs to 81 after cyanide poisoning (thezimbabwean.co)
- Zimbabwe elephants killed by cyanide (bbc.co.uk)
- Poachers poison and kill 81 elephants in Zimbabwe (rawstory.com)
- Ivory buyers helped fund the Nairobi massacre (wildlifenews.co.uk)
- HAZMAT – Zimbabwe, Matabeleland North, [Hwange National Park] : Cyanide Poisoning of numerous Elephant, Buffalo and Kudu’s by poachers (familysurvivalprotocol.com)
- Weekly Writing Challenge: Living History (dailypost.wordpress.com)