More and more press reports surface regarding how the targeted poaching of wildlife provides funding for violent conflicts. Thus in addition to the ecological damages, which will affect human's in the long run, the killing of wildlife, is also a medium for the immediate killing of more animals and humans. 
 
Press reports highlight the urgency of the issue from a socio-economic and security stand-point. Anti-poaching efforts, therefore, too
have become militarized yet this may be a short term fix to a problem that can only be fought by holistic, long term approaches which address the full magnitude of underlying socio-economic and security dynamics.

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Read More about the Issue by Following the Link

 Elephants are the Latest Conflict Resource
http://www.un.org/africarenewal/magazine/december-2013/elephants-are-latest-conflict-resource

The militarized ivory war: Making wildlife a security issue
http://www.eturbonews.com/print/39771

Lords Resistance Army funded by Elephant Poaching
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/jun/04/lords-resistance-army-funded-elephant-poaching

The War on African Poaching:
Is Militarization Fated to Fail?
http://e360.yale.edu/content/print.msp?id=2679

 


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