The illegal wildlife trade is a multi-billion dollar business and the fourth most lucrative transnational crime after drugs, weapons and human trafficking. This is a global problem that requires bold action. Each year, at least 20,000 African elephants are illegally killed for their ivory and more than 7,000 rhinos have been killed in the past decade. Poachers and militias also routinely kill the rangers protecting these animals. It’s time for the international community to close the remaining legal loopholes that help facilitate the illegal trade. Domestic markets of ivory and rhino horn undermine the conservation of these species through the incentivising of poaching and trafficking, stimulating demand and creating a complex regulatory environment which obfuscate international law enforcement efforts.
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