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DEC 31, 2013 - The Guardian

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Elephant deaths rise in Tanzania after shoot-to-kill poachers policy is dropped

Sixty animals 'butchered' in two months since crackdown was suspended after inquiry uncovered murder, rape and extortionElephant deaths in Tanzania have risen dramatically since the government abandoned a shoot-to-kill policy against poachers, officials admit.Lazaro Nyalandu, the deputy minister of natural resources and tourism, said 60 elephants were "butchered" in November and December, compared with two in October.Soldiers, police, game rangers and forestry officers had been involved in a month-long crackdown on poachers, codenamed Operation Terminate, in October. But the operation was ... Read More

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