Oppah Muchinguri, Zimbabwe’s minister of environment, announced that his country is planning to capture more baby elephants for exportation to China.
According to Quartz, Muchinguri recently visited an elephant Zimbabwe sold to a safari park in Guangdong, China. During his visit, he told the press “We are happy that young African animals have been well accommodated here in China … We are willing to export more in the years to come to help the preservation of wild animals.”
While this sounds like a promise of animal protection, many say Zimbabwe uses the cover of wildlife preservation as a way to validate their elephant sales. Aside from the money Zimbabwe receives in the trade, Muchinguri claims the exchange is mutually beneficial because it helps his country deal with its drought and elephant overpopulation problem. Read more