Wednesday, 3 July 2013

President Obama pledges to fight wildlife crime

Obama's wildlife crime ‘taskforce' is vital first step in battle against poachers

President Barack Obama's pledge to tackle wildlife crime and join the fight against elephant and rhino poachers is a vital first step that must be followed by the other G8 nations, say Care for the Wild.

Task force
President Obama has announced the formation of a task-force to combat the illegal trafficking of wildlife, an industry which is worth $10 billion a year and leads to crime, terrorism and national security issues.

Up to $10 million has also been earmarked specifically to help tackle poaching for ivory and rhino horn. Philip Mansbridge, CEO of Care for the Wild International, which has been running a G8 or Too Late campaign, welcomed the move:

"Elephants and rhinos are dying in huge numbers, and the scale of the poaching now means that this is a world problem, not something individual countries should have to deal with alone. President Obama's pledge and cash is a vital first step in turning international awareness of this problem into international action.

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