638 Reasons Elephant Poaching Will Be Just as Terrible in 2013

Alexander Abad-Santos

The string of discoveries is a sign that the growing elephant poaching problems in 2012 shows no intent of fading in 2013. Back in September, there was a startling report on the militarization of elephant poaching, wherein government-recognized military groups like the Ugandan military and the Congolese Army, were joining poachers and actually using military helicopters to help them in their illegal trade. And as long as there's a demand for tusks, the killing won't stop. "Elephant poaching is on the rise across Africa because of increased demand from Asia — particularly from China — for ivory trinkets. Poor African villagers can earn vast sums for killing an elephant and taking its tusks," reports the AP.