CNN video report: illegal ivory trade linked to organized crime, military conflicts

This informative report from Christiane Amanpour at CNN aired while I was in Beijing, China for a week of strategy meetings with our local team, all of whom are working in one way or another to reduce demand for illegal ivory products.

In the interview, New York Times reporter Jeffrey Gettleman, who has written a series of articles on elephant poaching, provides a terrific overview about the impact of this illegal trade on African elephant populations. Gettleman goes on to describe the toll taken as this cruel business is increasingly invaded by organized crime and by militarized, rebel groups seeking to fund further violence and human military conflicts.

He states in many ways, how the trade in ivory is becoming the new conflict commodity, like the infamous blood diamonds.

These complex and intertwined issues are at the heart of the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s strategy to help protect elephants by addressing all the links along the illegal ivory supply chain striving to break the criminal syndicates now involved in this tragic and bloody trade.

Watch the interview, and stay informed about our global efforts to end this horrific trade on our Ending the Killing of Elephants for their Ivory campaign page.

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Céline Sissler-Bienvenu, Director, France and Francophone Africa
Director, France and Francophone Africa
Faye Cuevas, Esq.
Chief of Staff, International Fund for Animal Welfare
Grace Ge Gabriel, Regional Director, Asia
Regional Director, Asia
James Isiche, Regional Director, East Africa
Regional Director, East Africa
Jason Bell, Vice President for International Operations
Vice President for International Operations
Peter LaFontaine, Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Campaigns Manager, IFAW Washington, D.C.
Vivek Menon, Director of IFAW partner, Wildlife Trust of India
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