UN: Fight elephants with pepper spray

July 20th, 2010 - 9:29 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

elephants1 Abidjan, July 20 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has told farmers of particularly third world countries to try and use pepper spray and donkeys to keep off elephants that destroy their produce.

Shrinking natural resources especially vegetation means humans and animals are fighting for survival, side by side. Angry farmers have killed many wildlife animals that destroy their crops and livestock.

The FAO’s solution to the problem is that farmers should arm themselves with plastic guns filled with hot chili pepper powder. According to the statement that was posted on the organization’s website, spraying the hot pepper on the animal would send it fleeing from the farm. The FAO also says another way to achieve the same effect is to burn the chili pepper at the farm.

The FAO also say using donkey at the farm might help to keep the wildlife creatures away, as the donkeys are capable of driving away creatures that are much more bigger than themselves.

The statement also addresses another menace facing farmers. The statement said farmers could keep away annoying baboons that steal their foodstuffs by using snakes.

Every year, elephants and lions makes the lives of farmers particularly those in Africa miserable by destroying their farms and killing their livestock. The farmers mostly respond by killing the animals. The retaliation from the farmers hurts the animal conservationists no end.

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