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wildlife trafficking: Latest News
Global Risk Insights, 12:51 pm
Wildlife tourism represents 80% of total annual travel sales to Africa. Environmental crime deprives countries of future revenue. After China announced last week that it plans to end all commerce in ivory by the end of 2017, illegal poaching is back in the spotlight. Corruption remains the key enabler of wildlife trafficking. High-level members of poaching syndicates, sometimes government officials, are rarely convicted. The fight against environmental crime has to be addressed as a political issue. It’s the world’s fourth largest crime sector after drug smuggling, counterfeiting and human trafficking.
D.A. Barber, 5:55 am AFKI Original
Some 25,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are poached each year in 10 African countries. That makes the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit under way in Washinton, D.C. awkward for Obama. Laws give him the power to enforce sanctions against some of the nations who are attending the summit.
Dana Sanchez, 1:23 pm
The rate at which elephants are killed means that in 10 years, forest elephants will go extinct, according to the World Wildlife Federation. To “think of Central Africa without elephants—is abhorrent,” said its director. Conservation groups can no longer deal with the problem. “We need partners.”
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