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Obama Announces New U.S. Focus on Wildlife Trafficking

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Washington - President Barack Obama this week announced a series of new initiatives to combat spiking levels of international poaching and draft a new national plan on wildlife trafficking.
The United States will now make available millions of dollars for coordination and training of personnel in developing countries. Of this, 10 million dollars will be allocated to Africa.

Obama said the survival of protected wildlife species has economic and social benefits, which are reduced by wildlife trafficking, whilst generating billions of dollars in illicit revenues each year.

Analysts and lawmakers are warning that the poaching industry has now been taken over by international organised crime and militant groups. According to an International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) report, wildlife trade is considered a low-risk enterprise for the criminals involved, in large part because wildlife trafficking is treated as a low priority by many law enforcement agencies (END//2013)

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