CLINTON SAYS US TO INCREASE ANTI-POACHING EFFORTS
-- Alarmed that rebel militias could be profiting from a sharp increase in
the poaching of elephants and rhinos, the U.S. plans to step up efforts to
build a global coalition to combat the illegal wildlife trade, Secretary of
State Hillary Rodham Clinton says.
Speaking before animal activists
and several international ambassadors, Clinton told a crowd in Washington on
Thursday that poachers are using helicopters, night vision goggles and
automatic weapons to hunt down wildlife. She wants world leaders to increase
their focus on combating the problem and said that she and President Barack
Obama will speak to Asian leaders about it next week at the East Asia
"Some of you might be wondering why a Secretary of State is
keynoting an event about wildlife trafficking and conservation," Clinton
said on Thursday, before answering her own question: "Over the past few
years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more
widespread and more dangerous than ever before."