Conflict & Justice

Ivory Poachers in Central Africa are Hunting Elephants with Heavy Artillery

Jeffrey Gettleman, East Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, wrote on Tuesday that the poaching of elephants for the illegal ivory trade has gone out of control in Central Africa, and has become increasingly militarized.

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Rebels groups are involved in this illegal trade. And the United States government may be also playing a part in this, involuntarily, as it has provided aid to the South Sudanese and Ugandan military recently.

Gettleman tells anchor Lisa Mullins that one Ugandan military helicopter is suspected of having been involved in the recent massacre of 22 elephants in Congo.

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    An IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare) poster against ivory trade. (Photo: Tess Milligan/Flickr)

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