Terrorist groups including the Lord's Resistance Army, the Janjaweed and al-Shabaab have been pointed to before for their ties to poaching and wildlife trafficking. Some are said to participate in poaching themselves, while others are known to trade wildlife parts for arms or goods.
The news comes after 20,000 African elephants were poached in 2013, along with about 1,000 rhinos, all to fuel the illegal wildlife trade -- said to be the second largest illegal trade in volume, after narcotics.
The ivory trade drives a brutal campaign of international poaching that killed 22,000 elephants in 2012 alone, despite a global ban on the sale of ivory. Join us in pledging never to buy new or vintage ivory products -- which include narwhal, walrus and hippo ivory -- to help save the world's animals from poaching.
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