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2018-09-24. How to Stop Poaching and Protect Endangered Species? Forget the ‘Kingpins’.

posted Sep 25, 2018, 10:01 PM by Alan Gould
By Rachel Nuwer, The New York Times. [https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/24/science/poaching-conservation-rhinos-elephants.html] For GSS Losing Biodiversity chapter 8. Excerpt: Authorities keep arresting people said to be bosses of wildlife trafficking, but that isn’t making a dent in the problem. ...because of the way the poaching and trafficking networks work, taking down any one of these supposed kingpins will not stop the illegal trade. ...Changing this largely depends on changing the way the world addresses illegal wildlife trade. John Sellar, formerly chief of enforcement for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, has argued that we should instead just think of wildlife trafficking more simply as a crime, not a conservation issue. But most of those tasked with fighting this type of crime are conservationists, rangers and wildlife managers. Mr. Sellar and other experts argue this job should instead be assigned to police, detectives, money-laundering experts and the courts....  See also Elephant Tusk DNA Helps Track Ivory Poachers.