1. Culling of Elephants to Counteract Overpopulation?

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 ultimately means they either have to be relocated or culled.

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 matter. They argue that “elephant overpopulation” is only a pretext to sell ivory, skin and meat. In other words, business is business. And for authorities, a dead elephant is almost as good (if not better) than a living one.

Environmentalists also add there is no clear scientific evidence that elephants destroy their habitat.

As you can see, the topic is HIGHLY debatable. There’s no doubt the issue will remain problematic for many years to come.

The question is: Is there a solution? With the ever increasing pressure of human population on its environment, animals and wildlife in general are almost condemned to be restricted in national parks and protected reserves.

What do YOU think?

I’m curious to hear your opinion.