Thursday, September 29, 2016


Animal Welfare, Dog, Imprisoned

Cecil the Lion's death grabbed international headlines, and rightly so. Yet for every Cecil the Lion, there are thousands of other animals taken by poachers -- and all too often, those poachers are connected to organized crime.

Poaching networks can provide money to groups that cross borders, flout international law, and endanger our interests and our security. Ending illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking is more than our moral obligation. It is also smart policy.

It's important to understand the nature and the persistence of this hris Coons to stand against wildlife poaching and trafficking... 

It's important to understand the nature and the persistence of this problem. Ivory bans were enacted in the late 1980s, but the lack of enforcement mechanisms made them ineffective in practice. A booming international trade in illicit ivory has hit African elephant populations hard, reducing their numbers by 62% from 2002 to 2011.

The buyers in these illegal markets have, in recent years, come largely from Asia, but the problem is global. The cartels that move poached lions, elephants, and other animals around the world do not confine themselves to pelts and ivory.

The Chinese government has signaled that it will crack down on poaching and trafficking, but they have also said they will not act alone. America not only can lead, America must lead.

It's time to act against illegal wildlife poaching and trafficking. 
Thank you,