Sara Wheeler

Endangered Animals Happy Meal

Nature Crime: How We’re Getting Conservation Wrong

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Earlier this year, I travelled on assignment to southern India to investigate the plight of the Asian elephant. Villagers were killing marauding pachyderms, and a British charity had launched a conservation campaign. But when I saw what was happening in Kerala, I found my sympathies lay with the villagers. They were poor farmers with a plot the size of your kitchen and eight or nine children to feed – and elephants had destroyed their small crop many times already.

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