Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


Sean Pan


This Note posits the notion that the massacre of the elephant and rhinoceros species in Mozambique and Tanzania resembles the type of monstrous conduct the international community generally brands as the crime of genocide. While it is folly to ignore genocide's historical application towards human victims, both the relentless manner in which these animals are killed along with their drastically diminished populations begs, at least, for international criminal charges and convictions. Additionally, modern legal precedent and historical practices suggest a broader application of the crime of genocide-one that should include other protected and threatened groups.