Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC says criminal syndicates are exploiting "official collusion, confusion and corruption" to benefit from elephant poaching
USFWS ivory crush at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Commerce City, Colorado, November 14, 2013, photo: Wikimedia
07 of September 2017 18:56:51
JOHANNESBURG – A new study says the illegal sale of ivory in open markets in Central Africa has been disappearing or going underground. But it warns that corruption and weak governance are undermining efforts to curb regional trafficking.Wildlife trade monitoring group TRAFFIC says in an analysis released Thursday that while law enforcement operations put pressure on open ivory markets, criminal syndicates are exploiting "official collusion, confusion and corruption" to benefit from elephant poaching.