Justice for Beloved Elephant Murdered for His Tusks

Target: Indonesian Attorney-General HM Prasetyo

Goal: Severely punish the hunter who killed Yongki, the endangered Sumatran elephant, and ripped out his tusks.

Just when Cecil the lion’s murder is beginning to blow over, yet another amazing and innocent creature has been murdered. Yongki, an endangered Sumatran elephant, who helped patrol Indonesian jungles to protect threatened habitats has been murdered for his tusks.

He was found dead with his tusks cut off and with bloody stumps in their place in a national park camp where he lived on the island of Sumatra. Yongki was a sweet creature who worked well with elephant keepers in the national park by being involved in patrols that help reduce tensions of wild elephants stampeding through villages. Yongki’s patrolling also helped rangers look out for illegal logging and poaching that threaten the Indonesian rainforests.

The Sumatran elephants are endangered, with estimates that there are less than 3,000 left in the wild. The creatures are a target of poachers because of their tusks, which hold a high value because of their use in traditional Chinese medicine. Its not yet known how Yongki was murdered, but his tongue was blue when he was found, leading officials to believe he may have been poisoned.

Some online activists are calling for enforcing life sentences for hunters of legally protected animals. Regardless, when Yongki’s killer is found, he or she must face the consequences. Urge officials to punish this murderer under the full extent of the law for his or her horrific crime against an innocent animal.


Dear Attorney-General HM Prasetyo,

Yongki, an endangered Sumatran elephant, has been murdered for his tusks. To make the story even sadder, Yongki helped officials to protect villages from wild elephants and to look out for illegal logging and poaching going on in the Indonesian rain forests.

Not only that, but Sumatran elephants are endangered, with 3,000 or less left in the wild. At this rate, we cannot afford to lose them, even just one. It’s ridiculous that someone would commit such a heinous crime over tusks.

I am deeply saddened by the murder of this sweet, helpful creature and hope that his murderer sees justice. I urge you to punish this murderer under the full extent of the law for their horrific crime against an innocent animal.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Bernard Dupont

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  1. Roe Castagna says:

    Such brutality. I’m sorry, but for those that may not believe this is murder, it is. If a life (living, breathing and feeling) is taken, it is murder. No one on this planet has the right to take any LIFE. Shame on the human race. The older I get, the less respect I have for it.

  2. The news of Yongki s murder comes almost two months to the day that Cecil was killed and we all know how that played out . Cecil s death inspired outrage and spurred some changes as well; will Yongki s death do the same?

  3. Carolyn Taylor says:

    Heart breaking! Yongki deserves justice!

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