In the Fight Against Elephant Poaching, the U.S. Can Lead
July 29, 2013
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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