The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee has held a hearing on the growing poaching crisis in Africa.
In his eloquent remarks opening the hearing, entitled “Ivory and Insecurity: The Global Implications of Poaching in Africa”, Chairman John Kerry, made clear the crisis is a serious one with far-reaching consequences.
“Poaching is not just a security threat in Africa,” warned Senator Kerry. “It’s also a menace to developing economies, and it thrives where governance is weakest. Poachers with heavy weapons are a danger to lightly armed rangers and civilians as well as the animals they target.”