1. Culling of Elephants to Counteract Overpopulation?
Broadcaster: NewsRevue; 2008 CNN Footage!
In this first video, CNN reveals the problem around elephant populations and conservation matters. According to South African authorities, the natural balance of the ecosystem is being upset by elephant overpopulation. The pachyderms uproot trees and destroy the environment, and their increasing numbers in restricted areas means that they either have to be relocated…OR killed (in this case).
Alternatives such as relocation or sterilisation of females, they say, have had very little success!
2. The Other Side of the Picture!
Animal Rights Activists have a completely different view on the elephant matter nonetheless. They argue that “elephant overpopulation” is just a pretext in order to sell the animal’s ivory, skin and meat. In other words, business is business! And for the authorities, a dead elephant is almost as good (if not better) than a living one!
Environmentalists also add that there is no scientific evidence that clearly states that the elephants do indeed destroy their habitat!
As you can see, the topic is HIGHLY debatable! While there is probably a bit of truth in both videos, there’s no doubt that the issue will remain problematic for many years to come!
The question is: is there a solution? With the ever increasing pressure of human populations upon their environment, animals and wildlife in general are almost condemned to be restricted in national parks and protected reserves.
What do YOU think? I’d really be curious about your opinion! Remember there are no right or wrong answers here…
Cheers and thanks in advance for your feedback ;).