09 Jun '15, 10pm

What does the illegal ivory trade have to do with terrorism and warmongering?

is among the most complex, brutal, and increasing dire problems facing the planet today. In 1980, there were 1.2 million African elephants. Now, there are fewer than 420,000. Illicit Ivory , the latest installment in the long-running Earth Focus television series, frames the issue in the starkest of terms. Unraveling the tangled web that spans from Somalia to China and beyond, the investigative report comes at a time when an elephant is killed by poachers every 20 minutes. Because of the insatiable desire for ivory, African elephants may face extinction in as little as 10 years. Ecouterre caught up with producer Raisa Scriabine to learn about ivory’s ties to militia groups and insurgents, why China drives the bulk of its trade, and what we can do to stop the killing.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/earth-focus-illicit-ivory-reveal...

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