The Kids Were Right: People Are Eating Elephants in Africa Too!

posted by Maleekie Ambularie @ 10:46 AM
January 31, 2012

 I was reading the Newspaper Boys and Girls last blog, and I thought I should add something to their most charming and entertaining news reports.  While their report is comic, the kids are telling the truth––in parts of Africa, starving people are eating elephants, not for sex organs or ivory tusks, but for food to survive.
 For over 10 years, the population of  Zimbabwe has been near starvation.  Continuing drought from Global Warming, failing economy, land reforms (i.e. government taking land from white owners), and sky-rocketing inflation make farming nearly impossible.  While the dictator Robert Mugabe won’t admit it, people in rural areas, even in his military, often resort to eating elephant meat.

 When they had not received paychecks for months, army soldiers, who oppress the population to keep Mugabe in power, began eating elephant meat.  A wildlife worker told the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) some months ago:   “Zimbabwean soldiers are being given elephant meat for their rations.  Jonny Rodrigues from the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force said that several soldiers had complained to him that was the only meat they were given.” Zimbabwe has some 100,000 elephants twice the amount its parks can hold.  Further, BBC reports, “The pay of many civil servants is barely enough to pay for their transport to and from work, so most people survive by trading on the black market or on the money sent by relatives abroad.”

 Generally media outlets around the world will not touch this story, and photographs of people eating elephant meat are even rarer.   However, the EU Times ran a story about elephant eating in Zimbabwe along with the pics shown in this blog, with this caption:  “. . . a magnificent bull elephant struck down in his old age.  The carcass provided a vital source of food, and hundreds of desperate villagers in the Gonarezhou National Park descended on the dead animal within minutes of its discovery.  Using machetes, axes and knives made from tin cans they set upon the six-ton carcass, which was found deep in scrubland.”

 The EU report continues:  “It took just one hour and 47 minutes for the 13ft-tall elephant to be reduced to a skeleton. Every part was used for food, even the trunk and ears.  The women formed a ring around the elephant and the men stood inside, fighting and stabbing each other to get to the meat. The bones of the 70-year-old animal were taken to boil for soup and within 24 hours nothing was left but a blood-stained patch of earth.”  Some ate the meat raw where they stood!

 If anyone does not believe what the Book of Revelation (6:8) says about the fourth horseman having the power to kill with hunger, they had best think again.  It may start in Africa or Asia, but such hunger unto death is spreading around the world.  Drought and other fall-outs from Global Warming––as well as corrupt government practices––will see to that!  And only prayer can hold it back!

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