The wildlife trafficking crisis has been growing in recent years, but the United States seems to be gearing up to do much more to fight the problem.
On July 1, President Obama issued an Executive Order on the issue of combating wildlife trafficking. With that order, Obama established a cabinet-level Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking and ordered it to present a plan of action on how the US should address the trafficking crisis.
We’re beginning to see the fruits of their labor. On Monday, the White House announced a series of steps they are taking to combat this crisis, including that the United States will be destroying its 6 ton stockpile of illegal ivory it has been collecting for 25 years.
Is this wise?
Chris Tackett wonders if this is the right way to deter poachers.
“elephants may be extinct in a matter of decades and we’re talking about how to destroy stockpiles of evidence of their existence. Is this the wisest choice?”
Read the rest of his argument here: US to destroy 6 ton illegal ivory stockpile