We kill jumbos for the same reason that we kill old people and children

An Elephant carcass in the bush. PHOTO | FILE

What you need to know:

  • Whatever the reality of the Kenyan elephant is, the Africa-wide picture looks extremely bleak for the pachyderm.
  • Studies have shown that in parts of coastal and western Kenya, and in Tanzania where old people are killed in witch-hunts, the main reason is to eliminate what societies think are “useless” people who eat the little food there is, and don’t help much by way of work.
  • The only difference is that they would have been killed at a slightly slower rate.

Today, we shall talk elephants. Actually, not elephants, but human beings.


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