11 Jan '18, 2am

When Humans Wage War, Animals Suffer Too: Study

When Humans Wage War, Animals Suffer Too: Study

When humans wage war, they harm more than just one another. Wild animals suffer too, and some have verged on annihilation in Africa's many anti-colonial and civil conflicts, researchers said Wednesday. More than 70 percent of the continent's protected natural areas has been touched by war between 1946 and 2010, triggering a "downward spiral" for many populations of big plant-eating mammals, according to a study published in the journal Nature. In Mozambique's Gorongosa National Park, for example, more than 90 percent of large herbivores -- including elephants, zebras, wildebeests, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos and various antelope -- died in the 1964-74 struggle for liberation from Portuguese rule, and subsequent civil war. On top of animals killed by bullets or bombs, war boosts poaching amid failing law enforcement -- both for food as poverty increases, as well as for ivor...

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