The War on Poaching: Is Militarization Doomed to Fail?

African countries and private game reserves are waging an increasingly sophisticated arms race against poachers, yet the slaughter of elephants and rhinos continues. Some experts argue that the battle must be joined on a far wider front that targets demand in Asia and judicial dysfunction in Africa. READ MORE

 

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Game guards inspect a forest elephant killed by poachers in Dzanga-Ndoki National Park in the Central African Republic. Despite increasingly aggressive enforcement efforts, an estimated 25,000 to 40,000 elephants are being slaughtered annually in Africa for their tusks. In addition to beefed-up enforcement, experts say the poaching battle must be joined on a wider front, including improving criminal justice systems and launching efforts to reduce consumer demand in Asia for wildlife products. (Photo courtesy of TRAFFIC/Martin Harvey/WWF-Canon)

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