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A disturbing report today in Britain's Metro newspaper: The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust has calculated that an elephant is poached every 15 minutes in Africa.

With 36,000 dead in the past year alone, at the current kill rate, they'll all be dead in 15 years.

The article quotes Dame Daphne Sheldrick, a charity head: "A world without elephants is hard to comprehend but it is a real possibility... Elephants have walked the earth for 50million years but against a sub-machine gun or poacher armed with a spear, they stand little chance."

Four and a half tons of ivory were seized in Hong Kong last month—but only about a tenth of the tusks cut from slaughtered elephants is caught by authorities. 

Information like that is enough to bump Vegas down your must-see list for the time being.



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