Alarming New Elephant Poaching Epidemic to Meet Demand For ‘Health’ Jewellery Made from Their Skin (PG)

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Record numbers of Asian elephants are being slaughtered with their skin refined and made into blood-red bead bracelets and necklaces which claim to ward off illness

A slain elephant bare of its skin was a victim of the new epidemic threatening the animals (Image: Elephant Family)

Lying slaughtered in a woodland ­clearing, its skin half-peeled, the elephant is one of 20 found dead the same day, many of them mothers and calves, all slaughtered by poisoned dart.

But these animals were not slaughtered for their valuable ivory tusks; they were killed for their thick, grey skin.

It is chopped off while their bodies are still warm. The rest of the beast is left to rot.

Just last week Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced plans to ban all ivory sales in the UK, in an effort to help save elephants across the globe.

But record numbers of Asian elephants face a frightening new poaching epidemic – for a sick trend of jewellery made from their skin.

Monica Wrobel, head of preservation at wildlife charity Elephant Family, said: “These elephants were killed to order. The herd were tracked, slaughtered, and every bit of skin taken.”

Officials find remains of an elephant that has been skinned (Image: Elephant Family)

The skin is refined and made into blood-red beads, which are sold as bracelets and necklaces at up to £75 each. Dealers claim they can ward off illness.

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