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Anger over elephant killings

A family of 12 elephants have been slaughtered and their tusks hacked off in the worst recorded ivory poaching incident in Kenya's history, prompting calls for action to tackle the illegal trade.

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WWF: Elephant poaching increasing across Africa

Elephant poaching is increasing across Africa with 2009-2011 including three of the top four years in which the largest quantities of ivory were seized worldwide, and there are increasing reports of elephant poaching coming in from across Africa.

This event demonstrates the lengths that poachers will go to get ivory – even killing an 2 month old calf. It highlights the need for greater emphasis to be placed on range states, transit and consumer states to work together to address the global increase in wildlife crime.

– Drew McVey, regional manager, East Africa, at WWF-UK

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