Saturday, August 13, 2011
Elephant Kills a Farmer in Aceh
Many forest area in the Province of Aceh, Sumatera, has been converted into commercial plantation and other use for many decades.
This continuous deforestation process has narrowed the area of forest as habitat of endangered Sumatera Elephant, making it possible for them to have direct contacts with human beings.
AFP reported that three people have been killed by an Elephant in the province in the last three months, the latest being a rubber tapper named Abdul Halim who was attacked while he was working last Thursday.
I hope this tragic incident would make the officials at the Ministry of Forestry stop giving permits for diversion of forest so that the Sumatera Elephants, which according the WWF now totals 3,500, can remain inside their habitat and would not go out and attack human beings.