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Why do people hunt elephants?

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People hunt elephants to get their valuable ivory tusks. The elephant tusks are used for decoration, jewelry and to create statues. Elephants use the tusks as potential weapons against predators, such as tigers and lions, and in battling other elephants.

Africa is the most common destination for elephant hunters, with Congo topping the list of countries with the highest number of killed elephants. Poaching of elephants has been so severe that it has led them to be endangered. Hunting elephants is illegal in many countries, and there have been efforts to help curb this activity.

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