QUOTE FROM BBC
Poachers in Chad in Africa have killed 86 elephants in less than a week.
The tusks were removed from the animals in order to be sold, because of the high prices that ivory can fetch.
It is the worst killing spree of elephants for a year – in early 2012 up to 650 elephants were killed in the neighbouring country of Cameroon.
The animal charity, International Fund for Animal Welfare, says people from across the globe need to take action to stop the ivory trade.
BBC RADIO REPORT THIS MORNING
Gave more details. According to their report the poachers were from Sudan. They start by shooting some calves. Then the elephants form a circle as a natural reaction to protect their young. They thus fall into the trap of the evil poachers without pity. They simply pick off the elephants with their high powered guns. Just imagine.
They quickly butcher the elephants only for the ivory. They take the ivory on their high powered 4by4s and make off.
But the next twist is also horrifying. They take a little meat which they selll to the residents of the nearest village where the villagers in return for the meat (they are poor people maybe starving) give the poachers information on the next family of elephants.
Something like 36 of the elephants were in calf, you can see how quickly such poachers in a lawless country will rid it of elephants.