Help National Security: Curb Animal Poaching
Funds go to terrorist groups, say op-ed writers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2013 2:15 PM CDT
Kenyan Wildlife wardens keep a watch on confiscated elephant tusks at the Kenyan wildlife offices in Nairobi in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)

(Newser) – The US needs to get way more aggressive in stopping animal poachers worldwide—not just for moral reasons but for its own national security, write three advocates in the New York Times. Poaching is a major source of revenue for terror organizations, and poachers' links to groups such as al-Qeada, al-Shabab, and the Lord's Resistance Army are well established. The US, thanks to a push from Hillary Clinton in her final year as secretary as state, has freed up $10 million to help African nations fight poachers, which is commendable but not nearly enough.

Not that the US should go it alone. "The best shot at combating poaching must include nontraditional partners working together," write the essayists. "This means that governments, multilateral organizations and technology innovators—from the Pentagon and United Nations counterterrorism units to the World Bank and conservation groups—must play a part in addressing the problem." How about surveillance drones to bust up poaching networks? If the world thinks big on this, it will not only help endangered animals but put a wrench in the terrorist money pipeline. Click for the full column.

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crankydude
Aug 11, 2013 9:18 AM CDT
Well they certainly knew how to currently best manipulate opinion. The cause is worthy but I just wish they had found another way. In Next Week's News: Overwhelming percentages of Gays, Jews, Catholics, Blacks, persons over 65 & dwarfs are supporting al-Qaeda with money and services according to top secret documents gathered by the Office Data Gathering. Therefore, under the Preservation of the Fatherland Act, passed last night, all of the foregoing groups will be eradicated by the Office of Sacred Motherland Security in a plan approved moments ago by the Office of Judicial Efficiency & Homeland Purity. Crowds gathered in cities throughout the land cheering the action with placards that said "May the Ever Loving God bless our great and mighty democracy." Some of those cheering were even Special Citizens with Voting Rights under the Safety In Voting Law passed two days ago. Interim Emergency President Siegfried Ludwig von Zeitgeist, inaugurated four days ago, applauded the faithful citizens.
No-Left-Turn
Aug 11, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
This needs to be attacked from both ends. Poachers succeed because there is a robust demand for their products. In many cases, animals are being killed so some old Asian guys can try to get an erection. Ivory, skins, rhino horns, etc. are all sought because there are buyers. Eliminate the demand from buyers via laws, education, publicity or whatever works and you eliminate the poachers.
gomer99
Aug 10, 2013 3:24 PM CDT
Countries that have regulated hunting have healthy, thriving populations of all the tree-hugger species. They also have a lot of tourist money coming in. Their neighbors, RIGHT NEXT DOOR, prohibit hunting as a nasty, eeeeevil thing. The same species are being wiped out by poaching. Tourists avoid them as dangerous. Do your own research.........see the differences.