Two perspectives on elephant poaching in Africa

"The way we treat humanity is directly tied to the fate of these elephants." There are some complicated truths about how Kenya is failing to protect its elephants against the ivory trade.

What are the consequences of the ivory?

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Africa lost nearly 100,000 elephants between 2006 and 2015 from poaching. Filmmaker Jon Kasbe spent almost 4 years in Kenya documenting poaching through the eyes of an ivory dealer, “X” and a wildlife ranger, Asan, for his film When lambs become lions. “X” and Asan maintain a good relationship, despite their jobs — rangers would be out of a job without poachers.

Becoming endangered

“At the core of this, like this is about elephants. But underneath, It's really a human issue. And I think the way we treat humanity is directly tied to the way that the fate of these elephants ends up. The bush law has kind of been "if a ranger sees someone near an elephant with weapons, they can shoot them on sight, and they can shoot to kill. And there's no repercussions for that. It's interesting because both sides have very similar motivations. Everyone is trying to feed their kids. They're all trying to survive. No one is really feeling like they're coming out on top in this situation. The two sides talk a lot. They're all friends. They all know each other. And also, the two sides are very interchangeable. Poachers become rangers and rangers will sometimes go back to poaching. They're very conscious of the social and political pressure from the international world. I think when the president of Kenya burned, you know, over 150 million dollars’ worth of ivory as a symbol of having no acceptance of poaching whatsoever, it sent a shockwave through the community,” Jon Kasbe tells Brut.

Poaching in decline

Elephant hunting has been illegal in Kenya since 1973. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature Africa lost nearly 100,000 elephants between 2006 and 2015 from poaching. As stated in Nature Communications a recent study found the number of elephants dying from poaching is in decline.


12/11/2019 9:13 PM


  • Mike E.
    12/31/2019 16:40

    The more we educate we can hope and we need to talk about birth control people need to make the right choice if you cant feed your family reduce the number of kids

  • Sheila S.
    12/30/2019 12:33

    Matan a los elefantes? Si es así no lo termino de ver!!! 🤦‍♀️

  • Suzanne G.
    12/30/2019 03:39


  • Doris B.
    12/26/2019 16:12

    It's Man Against Animals,And Animals Against Man,Both Are Looser, We All Are Waiting For The Return Of Jesus!! Amen,GoBlessd

  • James P.
    12/23/2019 12:37

    "UNACCEPTABLE" !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kaiso T.
    12/17/2019 23:08

    All poachers should be shot on sight and if there family know of this they too should be shot. A boy that grows up with a Dad that teaches him it's ok to do this he too will grow up and do it too. His wife his mom his family completely wiped out and that would show others it will not be tolerated...

  • Lisa B.
    12/17/2019 06:47

    so they are worried about feeding their families and what to do about money to feed their families,,,,,,but,,,,they are smoking alot of cigarettes

  • Fernando A.
    12/15/2019 16:24

    Their should be the death penalty for kill this innocent creatures. I been they would kill them any more

  • Mark P.
    12/14/2019 00:03

    I'm sure Trump's crappy kids will be hunting elephants too

  • Syed A.
    12/12/2019 11:07

    The root of the problem is described here, the buyers. Majority of Africans are way below the poverty line, like everyone else they too need food, water and other bare necessities. Killing these poachers will not solve anything but increase more poachers as the created orphans will then have to look after themselves. If the world really needs to completely eradicate these problems, they need to give safer and adequately paid jobs to these people (which is another daunting task but not the main point here). At the same time they need to eliminate the buyers, the ones who eventually consume ivory for whatever purpose.

  • Mamta G.
    12/12/2019 03:41


  • Kyaw H.
    12/12/2019 02:48

    She doesn't fall from grance.Only you people think that way.She has hold burden for the burma military action which is the same military hold her in capitivity and she is speaking and facing you guys for the people of burma not for the burma military.Only you scums think she is evil.Even in my country military supporters hate her but she is held responsible for the military actions.You guys should learn hoe the burma government work first then to blame her out of hatred.I personally doesn't hate muslims untail i saw them burning Aung san suki pictures.What does aung san suki does? She has no military power.

  • Brut
    12/11/2019 21:40

    Watch the trailer for here:

  • Iskra F.
    12/11/2019 21:28

    The real problem is people that buy ivory

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