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now they’re using cyanide

to kill elephants at water holes in Hwange Park in Zimbabwe. http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/09/25/20689560-poachers-poison-90-elephants-with-cyanide-in-zimbabwe-wildlife-park?lite

This is where Johnny Rodrigues took Gullaume Bonn, Ron Beinner and I around for a day and we saw the bones of dozens of slaughtered elephants and he made a 24-video of a waterhole that showed that each species came to drink in its turn, the predators didn’t jump their prey, everyone’s right to have access to the life-giving fluid was respected, and Johnnie says, “We have a lot to learn from the animals. If it had been humans, we’d be killing each other to get to the water.” As I recounted in “Agony and Ivory,” Dispatch #69.

The adoption of cynanide by the poachers in Hwange is most ominous. Let’s hope it doesn’t spread.