U.S. anti-poaching efforts need to go further, conservation groups including the Elephant Action League, say.
On the today Washington Post
” A U.S. push to save the African elephant and rhinoceros from being wiped out by a wave of poaching comes down to this: an executive order by President Obama, an advisory panel, a task force and $10 million added to the pot of federal money earmarked to train wildlife police and fight poverty”.
“….But the anti-poaching endeavors are being measured against the grinding poverty that drives Africans to risk their lives to kill elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horns, some wildlife conservationists say.”
“…The nonprofit Elephant Action League (EAL) “found very concrete connections … [between] al-Shabab” and poaching in a two-year investigation that ended this year, Executive Director Andrea Crosta said”.
The full article here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/us-anti-poaching-efforts-need-to-go-further-conservation-groups-say/2013/10/27/1bc79f16-3b4c-11e3-a94f-b58017bfee6c_story.html
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