07 Sep '12, 5pm

Yuppies are killing rhinos, tigers, elephants

mongabay.com September 07, 2012 Average rhino horn consumer: wealthy urban male in Asia between the ages of 25-45 Yao Ming walks with Kinango, an infant elephant whose mother was killed by poachers at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. Photo by: Kristian Schmidt/WildAid. Yuppies, not elderly rural consumer, are driving the trade that is decimating some of the world's most iconic endangered species, including tigers, elephants, rhinos, pangolins, and bears, said experts meeting at a workshop in Vietnam. The meeting, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development "ARREST" Program (Asia's Regional Response to Endangered Species Trafficking), involved conservation groups from Asia as well as media and advertising agencies. It sought to develop better approaches for combatting the illegal wildlife trade, which is dominated by consumers in Asia. As...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0907-yuppies-consuming-wild...

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