Tuli elephant case reprised
From ANIMAL PEOPLE, June 2006:
Eight years after video of the capture and holding conditions
endured by 30 baby elephants became the globally notorious “Tuli
elephants” case, a similar incident occurred in April 2006 at the
Selati Game Reserve in Limpopo state, South Africa, Michele Pickover
of Xwe African Wild Life told ANIMAL PEOPLE.
“Six young elephants were cruelly separated from their
families for use by the elephant-back safari industry,” Pickover
wrote. “Helicopters, guns, and electric prods were used. The young
elephants went to Howard Blight’s Elephants for Africa Forever in
Mooketsi, near Duiwelskloof.
“On the EFAF website, Blight claims that, ‘Animal welfare
is the most critical issue,'” Pickover noted, “but this kind of
capture has nothing to do with animal welfare and certainly shows no
respect for elephant family structures.”
The Pretoria High Court on March 27, 2006 heard an appeal by
Richard Ghiazza, who imported the Tuli elephants from Botswana to
South Africa. Ghiazza contends he was not responsible for actions of
staff that he never saw. Ghiazza and former employee Wayne Stockigt
were fined and given six-month suspended jail sentences in 2003.