In the Fight Against Elephant Poaching, the U.S. Can Lead

July 29, 2013

WCS’s John Calvelli, Exec. Vice President for Public Affairs, describes the momentum building to save elephants as U.S. lawmakers begin to understand how the poaching crisis is impacting not just wildlife, but security, diplomacy, development, and conservation as well.

Key decision makers in the U.S. government and Congress are slowly coming to grasp the severity and magnitude of the current forest elephant poaching crisis in central Africa.

A turning point may have been the reported slaughter in May of dozens of elephants at the Central African Republic's Dzanga Bai, an historic sanctuary for forest elephants at which WCS has been monitoring and protecting wildlife for 20 years. The killings received widespread media coverage and attention.

In late May, I facilitated a discussion among U.S. government officials, Congressional staffers and representatives from the embassy of the Central African Republic. Congressman Ed Royce (R-CA) spoke at that event and asserted that something needed to be done about the problem, and that the U.S. needed to be the ones to do it.

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