By Gary Bogue
Friday, March 2nd, 2007 at 6:41 am in Elephants.
As South Africa’s fast-growing pachyderm population fills parks, an official offers a plan, including mass culling as a last resort.
There are an estimated 690,000 elephants in the wild. The vast majority are in Africa, where the larger species are threatened but not endangered, as are their counterparts in Asia.
Meanwhile, local reader Michael Shatto of Concord also has a few words to say about elephants:
The Contra Costa Times began March with the report: “Elephant Killing Weighed” (March 1 Times, page A17), a clever headline sure to provoke. Actually, the story is even-handed and accurate, surprising considering what the New York Times has been publishing, but I digress.
Culling elephant herds has gone on since Colonial times and probably back into the mists of time.
Too many elephants causes extreme over-grazing, erosion, lack of food for other animals and habitat destruction.
Too many elephants conflict with man. They destroy crops, sometimes villages. Why? Humans taking over habitat. Farmers have killed more animals than all the poachers and legitimate hunters combined. No, Virginia, not just evil modern city building man, this has gone on since Lucy.
Elephant meat is delicious. None of the culled elephant is wasted. Even if people didn’t eat any of the culled elephant, there would only be a few bones left in less than a week.
Shadow thoughts by (Michael Shatto, Concord)
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