Marauders in eastern Kenya poach for ivory. The ivory is bought by brokers who arrange for transport of the merchandise with al-Shabaab through Somalia. Al-Shabaab exports the ivory from the Somali coast to the illicit world market.
Inter Press Service reports (h/t El Grillo):
…In 2012 and 2013 alone, nearly 60,000 elephants and over 1,600 rhinos were illegally killed for their tusks.
The driving force behind this practice is clearly the significant money that can still be made from these products. According to expert estimates, a rhino horn is worth 50,000 dollars per pound on the black market, more than the value of gold or platinum.
This, activists say, makes poaching very hard to resist.
“Most people know that this is wrong, but you need to make a distinction between poacher and poacher,” Andrea Crosta, the executive director of Elephant Action League (EAL), a U.S.-based group that fights poaching…
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