Cut into pieces for profit: Brutal statue shows mutilated elephant with his tusks and trunk cut off by ivory poachers in Botswana where the hunting ban was lifted in May
- The elephant's carcass was left abandoned in the field in Botswana after poachers killed it and removed the trunk
- The ivory hunters killed the elephant and took tusks from animals, cut them and the trunk with chainsaws
- Poaching in Botswana is increasing with an estimated 593 percent increase in the number of carcasses in the north
A disturbing photo of a mutilated African elephant with its severed trunk next to it shows the horror of ivory poaching in northern Botswana.
The drone photo, named & # 39; Disconnection & # 39 ;, was taken by documentary maker Justin Sullivan and comes after Botswana lifted a ban on hunting animals in May.
Poachers use chainsaws to cut off the trunk and tusks of the elephants and the shocking photo shows how animal carcasses are just left behind by hunters.
Another cruel photo shows the inside of the elephant's head after it was killed by the ivory poachers.
Poaching in Botswana is increasing rapidly, with an estimated 593 percent increase in the number of carcasses in the northern parts of the country from 2014 to 2018.
The shocking photo was taken by documentary maker Justin Sullivan and shows an elephant carcass abandoned by ivory poachers in Botswana
The photo has now been selected for the prestigious Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest, the results of which will be announced in September.
Justin, 28, from Cape Town, South Africa, said he was filming for a private company in Botswana and heard park rangers talking about the poached elephant.
He said: & They said an elephant had just been poached and I asked to be taken to the site. On arrival I used a drone to capture the image.
& # 39; The image is called & # 39; Decoupling & # 39 ;, the perspective of the image gives context to the situation that you could never see from the ground.
& # 39; The high angle that looks from top to bottom shows isolation and emphasizes not only the physical disconnection of the animal, but our disconnection from the situation.
Poaching is increasing rapidly in Botswana. Poachers use chainsaws to cut the trunk and tusks of the elephants and the shocking photo shows how animal carcasses are simply left behind by hunters
& # 39; The image has attracted a lot of attention. People have clearly responded with mixed feelings of anger and sadness, especially with the recent lifting of the hunting ban in Botswana, but this photo has led a constructive dialogue on how we can promote a more sustainable elephant conversation and resolve our current ecological crisis. & # 39;
The photo comes after a leading nature conservation group warned of rising elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and an estimated 400 people died in the entire country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, which contributes to conservation concerns.
The research of Elephants Without Borders in the scientific journal & # 39; Current Biology & # 39; is likely to increase pressure on Botswana, which led to controversy last month by lifting the ban on hunting.
Nearly 400 elephants were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018 after Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted the five-year ban on elephant hunting, citing increasing conflicts between people and elephants & # 39;
The government said it would help control a thriving population that would harm the livelihood of farmers.
The Thursday report reported since 2014 a 593 percent increase in the carcasses of elephants in the north of the country, many of which are clustered in five northern & # 39; hotspots & # 39 ;.
& # 39; This evidence suggests that since 2017 or possibly earlier in northern Botswana there has been ivory poaching on the scale of hundreds of elephants per year, & # 39; according to the report.
EWB said last year that it had identified nearly 90 elephants that were supposed to be poached after an aerial photo survey, a number that the government strongly challenged.
The country, which has the largest elephant population in Africa, was previously a haven for elephants with & # 39; small poaching reported & # 39; in a 2014 survey.
President Mokgweetsi Masisi, however, lifted the five-year ban on elephant hunting last month, referring to increasing conflicts between people and elephants.
This decision aroused protest at environmental protection organizations.
The abundant flora and fauna of Botswana has made it a popular luxury safari destination and tourism is the second fastest growing sector of the country's economy after diamond mining.
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