Stop Funding Terrorists and Protect our Megafauna: Abolishing Wildlife Crimes in Africa
Enough Project Senior Policy Analyst Holly Dranginis will join other experts on human security, trafficking, and conservation to discuss Central Africa's poaching crisis and how it undermines security and human rights in the region.
A short video, “The Last Days of Ivory” will start the program. It evidences how poaching funds armed groups such as al-Shabab, the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram, and Darfur’s Janjaweed. They smuggle wildlife products valued at $1.3 billion a year. Panelists will present evidence of the decimation of African wildlife—100 elephants killed per day for their ivory, and in South Africa a rhino is killed every eight hours by poachers. Rhino horn fetches more than $30,000 a pound on the black market, more profitable than a pound of cocaine on the street. Panelists will show how the proceeds from poaching fund armed groups and terrorists.
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