German hunter has shot dead one of the largest elephants ever seen in Zimbabwe. This is the biggest elephant killed for “sport” in Africa for 30 years.
What is the issue?
Poachers usually kill around 50,000 elephants a year. The elephant is usually considered to be an endangered species. This killing is mainly done in order to supply the illegal ivory trade, as well as providing bushmeat and ingredients for traditional Chinese medicine.
The killing of giant elephant has sparked a global outrage over the hunting of endangered animals. At the same time the Photos of the dead elephant on social media are drawing praise by pro-hunting groups. The giant elephant was believed to have been between 40 and 60 years old.
(With some inputs from dailymail.co.uk and .independent.co.uk)