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The wildlife trade is incredibly profitable for those involved in the exploitation and transaction of the wild animals. Although the illegal wildlife trade runs rampant globally, the legal wildlife trade is still responsible for blatant acts of animal cruelty.

In the above video from The Guardian, we see very rare footage of the capture of wild elephants in Zimbabwe to be sold and shipped to China. Although the practice is legal, video and photographic documentation of it is rare. In the video, helicopters fly over a herd, shoot tranquilizer darts at the animals, then swoop in to disperse the rest of the herd coming to the aid of fallen elephants. After capturers land and aggressively load the pachyderms onto their truck, more violence in inflicted on them, including incessant slapping, trunk twisting, and kicking in the head with heavy boots. Animal experts estimate the young elephants to be in the process of weaning or just barely weaned.

Although Zimbabwe and China are the world’s biggest participants in the trade of wild elephants, several other countries including Namibia, Swaziland, Mexico, and the United States are active in the trade of wild elephants. As the video shows, physical abuse toward animals is an acceptable practice for capturers.

Since the practices of the wildlife trade are typically kept secret, most people are unaware that this goes on, so PLEASE share this with your network to increase awareness of this serious important issue.

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JOHN PASQUA
8 Days ago

BAD PEOPLE IN ZIMBABWE AND CHINA TO MESS WITH NATURE LIKE THIS NOW. END ALL EXPORT OF BABY ELEPHANTS YOU TURDS.


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Karin
12 Days ago

Greedy, unprincipled, corrupt and self serving describe leaders in Africa and Zimbabwe leads the pack. Absolutely disgusting that this goes on but the US, Canada Europe can simply threaten to end relations with these countries unless this stops and no one will do it...why not?? Same goes for canned hunting, bush meat and the trade in other animals.


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Julie Keeney
12 Days ago

Why in God\'s name is this being allowed. They already know how damaging it is to these animals. We already make their life ridiculously difficult as it is. Why are we letting this take place? I agree, fuck you Zimbabwe, I hope your cities burn and your leaders all come down with syphilis.


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Jane
13 Days ago

Fuck you Zimbabwe! How dare you steal baby animals from their loving families. Hope the same or worse happens to these guys children! And to send them to China of all cruel shithole countries.


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Carol
04 Oct 2017

My feelings exactly, but I\'d have expressed my contempt for Zimbabwe and China differently, like: "May you and your children experience the same callous treatment at the hands of merciless people like yourselves. Reap what you sow!"



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