South Sudanís Wildlife Become Casualties of War and Are Killed to Feed Soldiers and Rebels

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South Sudan - Poaching has always been a common practice in South Sudan. But conservationists say since the conflict began in December 2013, there has been an upsurge in the killing and trafficking of wildlife by government and anti-government forces as well as armed civilians.
Officials say elephants are being killed for their meat and tusks while migratory animals that move in large numbers, especially the white-eared kob, the tiang and reedbuck, are being killed specifically to provide bush meat.

The current conflict has also made it difficult for wildlife officers to stop both the government and rebel troops from poaching and is hindering their efforts to conduct routine patrols in national game parks and wildlife reserves. (END//2014)

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