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In spite of the adequate evidence that the elephant is an endangered species African countries such as Zambia feel that there is the need to eradicate the elephants In 1979 the elephant population in Africa was predicted to be around 13 million but in just the short gap of 10 years the population was reduced down to under half of its previous number A ban on elephant poaching was put in place to protect and conserve the dying species Regardless of this these creatures continue to be threatened by proposals to ease the ban Proposals that are rightfully rejected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species CITESClearly countries like Zambia base their reasoning on deficient facts and remain blinded to the reality of the situation They cannot perceive how vulnerable the elephants are and how important it is to protect themThe truth is despite prohibitions on illegal poaching of the elephants this practice is still common Zambia argues that there has been an increase in animal-human conflict but it seems that humans pose greater harm to elephants than the elephants do to them Take for example the elephant massacre in Chad of spring 2006 A slaughter by the hands of humans As for their argument of elephants attacking humans elephants only attack when they are threatened and threatened indeed they are Not to mention the ruination of their natural habitats which is far more destructive and impactful on the elephants than the elephants marauding food crops is to humansIn regard to the animal-human conflict Catherine Namugala states that many humans have been killed by elephants and that some children are afraid to go to school because they think they will be attacked by them Does this many she speaks of come close to the 23000 elephants that are killed yearly for ivory And what of the young elephant calves are they not afraid of the humans Elephants one of the most
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