Sri Lanka shuts down garbage dump to prevent more dead elephants

Sri Lanka plans to shut down massive garbage dump after wild elephants die from eating plastic. By digging a ditch around the landfill, authorities hope to prevent hungry animals from feeding on waste any longer, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Nature said.

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Over the past eight years, more than twenty elephants have died in this way. Two deceased elephants recently made national headlines after images surfaced of the animals searching for food among the rubbish. A video of conservationists removing plastic from the rectum of one of the animals was widely shared on social media.

Wildlife activists have called for more measures to protect the animals, as about five elephants die each year under similar conditions. There are more than fifty garbage dumps on the island. But significantly more elephants in Sri Lanka are killed by explosives, electrocution through electric fences or because they were shot. According to official figures, 369 elephants were killed from unnatural causes last year.

According to the last count of ten years ago, there are about 6,000 elephants in the country.

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