African Elephant Extinction A Real Threat

African Elephant Extinction A Real Threat

African elephant extinction a real threat for one reason.

And it’s called tusks.

Experts say African elephants could be extinct in 20 years.

In Asia elephant tusks are still a much sought-after commodity.

And the demand for tusks is creating havoc in the elephant world.

The statistics are frightening.

As many as 35,000 elephants are slaughtered for their tusks every year.

In the last 10 years 30 per cent of Africa’s elephant populations has been lost.

One elephant is killed for their tusks every 15 minutes.

African Elephant Extinction A Real Threat

Elephants are always under attack by poachers.

But serious steps are being taken by the African Wildlife Foundation.

The foundation is tasked with saving all wildlife.

And at a conference in London it pledged $25 million to prevent illegal wildlife trading.

The conference discussed how the deadly trade can be eradicated.

And Prince William gave a passionate speech on why elephants must be saved.

“I’m not willing to look my children in eye and say we let elephants die out,” he said.

And we can all relate to that – given that elephants mimic some human behaviour.

African Elephant Extinction A Real Threat

“It is heartbreaking to think that by the time my children George, Charlotte and Louis are in their twenties, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild, the Prince said.

“I for one am not willing to look my children in the eye and say that we were the generation that let this happen on our watch.

“It is time to treat the illegal wildlife trade as the serious organised crime that it is.”

The prince urged the group – composed of representatives from 79 nations –  to work together to shatter crime gangs behind ivory smuggling:

“They are the very same groups who move drugs, people and weapons. You might find it easier to arrest a kingpin or a middle man for trafficking illegal wildlife products than to catch him red-handed smuggling heroin.

“The illegal wildlife trade is one of the most serious issues of organised crime facing the world.”

Last year more than more than 100 rangers were killed on the front line of the fight against poachers.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the conference that networks smuggling tusks and rhino horn were part of wider crime groups:

“They traffic guns, drugs and people. They launder money, engage in modern slavery, fund conflict and thrive on corruption. By one estimate, the illegal wildlife trade is the fourth most profitable criminal enterprise in the world, generating as much as $23 billion (U.S.)

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