posted on Nov, 10 2012 @ 09:31 AM
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America is also assembling a global anti-trafficking alliance with Interpol and customs agencies.
The security steps were part of a broader State Department initiative aimed at assembling a global alliance to end wildlife trafficking.
Clinton, in remarks delivered before a crowd of about 200 including members of Congress, ambassadors, and State Department officials, said the effort
could not be one-sided.
America is the second largest market for trafficked goods. Unless you cut off demand, poaching in Asia and Africa won't stop.
"We want to make buying goods, products from trafficked wildlife, endangered species unacceptable, socially unacceptable. We want friends to tell
friends they don't want friends who ingest, display, or otherwise use products that come from endangered species anywhere in the world," Clinton
In my opinion, this is a very important, and absolutely fabulous initiative. Too bad some here think it's frivolous. I'll make note of where
to expect support for the environment and everyone (human or animal) who lives on it.
Over the last few years, heavily armed trafficking gangs were overwhelming local authorities, terrorising village communities and increasingly
posed a security threat, Clinton said.
"It is one thing to be worried about the traditional poachers who come in and kill and take a few animals, a few tusks, a few horns, or other animal
parts," Clinton told conservationists. "It's something else when you've got helicopters, night vision goggles, automatic weapons, which pose a
threat to human life as well as wildlife."
Poachers were crossing national borders at will, stoking concerns among US security officials that the conduits used by the traffickers in Asia and
Africa to get their goods to market could also be used to smuggle drugs or arms for terrorist organisations. There is already some evidence to support
that connection, conservationists said.
It's part of a larger effort to stop the OTHER nefarious smuggling going on. (The war on drugs should die, but, terrorism on humans is no worse
than rampant slaughter of innocent animals.)
I know, I know, here I go again, with my bleeding heart on my sleeve for the haters to eat while it's still beating...
go ahead, call me Pollyanna. Yes, I care about this A LOT. Elephants are noble, gracious, and should have the unwavering care, respect, and support
Yay for global efforts to protect them and undo the global savagery. Wake up world, we don't "OWN" this planet. We are stewards of it.
Thanks, OP S/F