Groundbreaking Investigative Report Reveals Shocking Details

Ivory's Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa

All elephant ivory is bloody ivory. An estimated 35,000 to 50,000 elephants are poached each year: an historic crisis. As a result, certain populations of African elephants are now vulnerable to extinction.

Born Free USA, seeking an accurate and complete picture of the depths of elephant poaching, commissioned expert defense analysts to examine the military, national security, and localized conflict aspects of elephant poaching and the ivory trade. Its groundbreaking report, Ivory’s Curse: The Militarization and Professionalization of Poaching in Africa reveals in detail the threats to elephants across Africa and its findings are truly alarming. The report examines links to violent militias, organized crime, government corruption, and ivory trade to Asia. It further exposes the widespread transnational illicit participants deeply interwoven into the system that moves ivory.

Born Free will use this significant, timely report to encourage legislators, conservation authorities, and defense agencies to focus their attention, resources, and efforts on the elephant poaching hotspots identified by the report, and exert appropriate pressure at all levels to stop the brutal ivory trade. Read the full press release here.

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