PETA is offering $1,000 as reward for information leading to the capture and of the people who have murdered the three critically-endangered Sumatran elephants. PETA is set on capturing the killers of these female elephants, which included a one year-old calf.
The animal rights body believes that the criminals must be brought to justice at any cost, as these poor animals were found rotting outside Tesso Nilo National Park that borders several palm oil plantations.
The first assumption made by the officials was that their death was due to a recent stampede that destroyed plantation workers’ huts. But later on, Park chief Kupin Simbolon has stated these elephants were most likely poisoned to death.
At least 17 elephants have died near the park and plantations this year, and it is suspected that poisoning was the reason in most cases.
PETA Asia vice president Jason Baker has announced the reward saying these cowardly killers need to be caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If these elephants were poisoned, the helpless creatures might have undergone a slow and agonizing death.
The Park authorities are now working with the police to hunt down the perpetrators of this crime. Fewer than 3,000 Sumatran elephants exist in the wild, and the number has dropped because of habitat loss caused by the palm oil plantations.
Elephants aren’t the only ones suffering, as there have been deaths of orangutans reported in Indonesia, which is the world’s largest producer of palm oil.
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