Published: Saturday 28 February 1998

A photograph of a dead elephant, with its tusks and toenails ripped out, recently jolted Bangladesh out of its indifference towards poaching of these near-extinct wild Asian elephants. Worse still, the tusker belonged to the Eidgadlife sanctuary, one of the country's few remaining elephant "refuges". An investigation has been initiated into the incident following significant outcry from conservationists and general public alike.

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