More of a rant, but here goes... someone tell me how it's fair to massacre elephants- or just animals in general.
Twenty-two elephants where slaughtered in the North-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo this week.
Their ivory tusks make them a huge target for hunters in the area.
Elephants and Rhinos are amongst endangered species dying out due to the rising number of killings.
Tom Milliken, who manages TRAFFIC's Elephant Trade Information System, said since 2004, 'the trend has been escalating upwards again, dramatically so over the last three years.'
It is thought that organised crime groups are behind the massacres and not just regular poachers in the area.
Meanwhile, in the UK, the RSPCA have seen a large increase in animal cruelty.
The numbers of those convicted of these crimes have risen by almost a quarter this year.
The RSPCA- which looks after 120, 000 animals a year- is struggling to cope with the huge rise.
The charity are currently receiving 160, 000 complaints of animal cruelty and neglect.
This link to a Daily Mail article on elephant poaching shows the brutal images of the murders.
I honestly cannot bring myself to post them individually, as I cannot look at them again.
Animal cruelty has to stop.
These type of incidents are unimaginable and - in some cases - barbaric.