“Nigerian Veterinary Association Strongly Condemns Killing of Elephants and Eagles”

The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association (NVMA) has expressed its strong condemnation for the tragic killing of two elephant calves in Kala Balge Local Government Area of Borno State. The association further lamented the unfortunate fate of two booted eagles that migrated from Europe, meeting their sad ends in Kebbi and Sokoto states.

In an official statement signed by its President, Dr. Moses Arokoyo, the NVMA described the incidents as inhumane and a violation of the animals’ right to live.

Dr. Arokoyo stated, “The Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association condemns totally and in all ramifications, the brutal killing of two young, defenseless elephant calves at Kala Balge LGA of Borno State on December 17, 2023. This inhumane act depicts the premeditated and willful termination of a harmless and defenseless creature’s life, infringing on the animal’s right to live, which is our duty to protect as Veterinarians.”

The association also expressed deep pain over the reported killings of two booted eagles in Kebbi and Sokoto states. Dr. Arokoyo emphasized the need for collective efforts to address the continued brutality against animals.

“We wish to inform our colleagues and the entire veterinary community that the Nigerian National Park Service is already being engaged on the issue. In line with further investigations, the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association will work in collaboration with the Veterinary Council of Nigeria (VCN) and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to find a sustainable solution to the continued animal brutality as this is becoming of increasing concern,” he added.

The statement suggested that the acts might be linked to a lack of awareness and sensitivity about the significance of wildlife conservation and advocated for non-lethal methods to mitigate threats to endangered wildlife species.

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