Hilary Clinton Adds saving elephants to her “to do” list
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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 08:19

 

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Hilary Clinton, the United States Secretary of State and former US Senator has been meeting with environmental groups at the Wildlife Conservation Society's Central Park Zoo this month in a bid to highlight the problem of poaching of elephants for their tusks.

The World Wildlife Fund states that around 30,000 African elephants were killed in 2012 for their ivory. This is the largest number in twenty years. It has also been found that there has been a huge decline in elephants with numbers dropping from 1.2 million in 1980 to just 420,000 in 2012. Ivory can sell for close to $1,000 per pound in Asia where demand has grown in recent years.

In response to these figures, Clinton has said that she will use her political contacts to raise awareness of this issue. Speaking to the WCS president and CEO Christian Sampler, she said that the issue needs to be elevated both with the public and political leaders in other countries.

 

original news: http://vegetarianstar.com/2013/07/18/hillary-clinton-fighting-elephant-poaching/