Friday, December 02, 2005

Drought killing wildlife


Several water holes have dried up and grazing has become scarce. National parks authorities cannot pump water into man-made water points because they either have no fuel or the motors have broken down. Of an estimated 66 drinking points, only seven, whose levels are also dropping fast, still have water.National Parks and Wildlife Management (NPWM) spokesman Edward Mbewe told IRIN that more animals could die if no remedial measures were taken, adding that the depletion of pastures was mainly due to the increase in the number of elephants, which had surpassed the national park's holding capacity.

Of course, you could cull (kill) the excess elephants, but the animal lover would object...

And if you cull the elephants, you can't sell the ivory anyway...not PC you know...and if you are starving, don't eat the meat before the authorities get the best cuts....

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