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2015-07-31. U.N. tackles illicit wildlife poaching amid Cecil the lion uproar.

posted Aug 6, 2015, 8:21 PM by Alan Gould
By Michelle Nichols, Planet Ark. For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday called on all countries to step up their efforts to tackle illicit poaching and trafficking in wildlife amid global uproar over the unlawful killing of "Cecil" the lion in Zimbabwe. The 193-member General Assembly adopted its first resolution on the issue following a two-year campaign by Germany and Gabon. ...the animals most threatened by wildlife poaching are elephants and rhinos and that the money from the trade is one of the key sources of finance for terrorism. ...every day in Africa some 100 elephants are killed by poachers. ...a pound of rhino horn today yields more than a pound of gold in this market ...A global ivory trade ban went into effect in 1989 after Africa's elephant population plunged from 1.2 million to 600,000.... http://planetark.org/wen/73480