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Pygmies of Cameroon Tortured and Expelled for Rothschild Elephant Hunting Scheme

Pygmies of Cameroon Tortured and Expelled for Rothschild Elephant Hunting Scheme

Pygmies of Cameroon Tortured and Expelled for Rothschild Elephant Hunting Scheme
November 19
16:53 2016


Pygmies of Cameroon Tortured and Expelled for Rothschild Elephant Hunting Scheme

Posted on November 16, 2016

By Brandon Turbeville

According to a number of media outlets, international banker Benjamin de Rothschild is expelling Baka pygmies from their land in Cameroon in an effort for his company to operate an elephant hunting safari in the area.

Not only has Rothschild expelled the Pygmies, but he has also led an effort to beat and torture them in the process. Survival International, an indigenous advocacy group, published statements in early November from the alleged victims of Rothschild and his business.

“They beat us, they searched for us, they set their dogs on you, their guns on you,” said one member of the Baka who also claimed that his fields were burned.

Another man stated, “They told me to carry my father on my back. I started walking, (the guard) beat me, he beat my father. For three hours, every time I would cry out they would beat me, until I fainted and fell to the ground with my father.”

According to teleSUR, the Baka are not allowed to hunt, visit religious sites or collect plants on their own land as it is now occupied by Rothschild’s tourist camps.

Rothschild’s company has, according to teleSUR at least two protected ancestral plots and uses the land to allow wealthy tourists to hunt wild animals at $50,000 per hunt.

Interestingly enough, the World Wildlife Fund which claims it has a major presence in Cameroon in order to combat trophy hunting, has not responded to Survival International.

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