MUTILATED: Drone image shows slaughtered elephant carcass


This aerial photograph shows elephants roaming in the plains of the Chobe district in the northern part of Botswana, on September 20, 2018.

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Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa, but last month Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on elephant hunting, a controversial decision.

Butchers for profit.

Gruesome images have surfaced of an abandoned elephant carcass that had been cut to pieces for its ivory.

Documentary filmmaker, Justin Sullivan, 28, from Cape Town, South Africa, captured the drone images in Botswana after overhearing rangers speak about a nearby poached elephant, the Daily Mail reports.

The image, called ‘Disconnection’, shows the mutilated elephant lying in the middle of an open field, its trunk severed and head split in two.

“They said an elephant had just been poached and I asked to be taken to the site,” Sullivan said. “On arrival, I used a drone to capture the image.”

It’s common for poachers to use chain saws to cut the elephant’s trunk off to make harvesting the ivory faster.

According to the Daily Mail, there has been a proliferation of poaching in Botswana as the number of abandoned animal carcasses found from 2014 to 2018 has increased by 593%.

Botswana has the largest elephant population in Africa, but last month Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on elephant hunting, a controversial decision.

Mokgweetsi cited conflicts between the elephant population and humans as the reason for the move.

Speaking about the reaction the image has provoked, Sullivan said, “(it’s) drawn a lot of attention. People have obviously reacted with mixed feelings of anger and sadness, especially with the recent lift on the hunting ban in Botswana, but this photo has driven some constructive dialogue around how we can promote more sustainable elephant conversation and solve our current ecological crisis.”

‘Disconnection’ has made international headlines and has been included in the prestigious Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest.

In explaining the images name, Sullivan said: “The high angle looking top-down shows isolation and highlights not only the physical disconnection of the animal but our disconnection from the situation.”

 

 



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