Cacti over 70 years old are run over by US Army bulldozers in the Sonoran Desert.
The majestic Saguaros of the Sonoran Desert, some with more than seventy years of existence, are being felled by bulldozers to build a border wall thirty feet high and 70km long, by order of US President Donald Trump.
The construction of the wall will leave a deep scar between the ecological reserves of the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, in Arizona, and the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve, in Sonora.
Experts are calling the situation an "ecological tragedy" and are warning of serious effects on the area's biodiversity. The physical division and intense lights of the barrier will also affect birds, nocturnal species and pollinating insects of vital importance to the ecosystem.
These "desert giants" can live for more than 175 years and reach heights of 18 meters and although official information says they are being "transplanted", Dan Mills, coordinator of the Sierra Club conservation program in Arizona, says this is impossible given the size of the cacti.
A video that circulates on social networks confirms this, the specimens of saguaros, an endemic and endangered species, lie in the sand crushed by bulldozers.
VIDEO: Saguaros are being bulldozed for the #BorderWall in Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Trump's reckless border hysteria is destroying our environment and killing the very species this national monument was designated to protect.
Footage by Kevin Dahl, @NPCA. pic.twitter.com/XceszFIRKd- Laiken Jordahl (@LaikenJordahl) October 4, 2019
Saguaros are a symbol of the state, they have been an integral part of the gastronomy and rituals of indigenous peoples such as the Tohono O'odham, who have inhabited the Sonoran Desert for thousands of years and are divided by the militarized border between Mexico and United States.
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