Hillary Clinton Slams Wildlife Trafficking (VIDEO)

(POLITICS) In a recent meeting with the State Department, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed that we take further steps to prevent poaching—more specifically, the poaching of ivory and rhino horn. Because the Obama administration and the State Department face a long list of urgent issues both at home and abroad, it’s incredibly encouraging to see Clinton stress the importance of putting an end to the booming illicit wildlife trade. Read on and watch the video of her inspiring remarks below. — Global Animal

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has called for a stepped up fight against poaching. Photo Credit: AFP/File


WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called Thursday for a stepped up fight against poaching, warning against criminal gangs seeking to satisfy growing demand for ivory and rhino horn.

“Over the past few years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before,” the top US diplomat told a meeting at the State Department. Despite progress over the past three to four decades to clamp down on poaching, growing wealth meant demand was on the rise again.

“As the middle class grows, which we all welcome and support, in many nations items like ivory or rhinoceros horn become symbols of wealth and social status,” Clinton said, urging all governments to join the Coalition Against Wildlife Trafficking.

“And so the demand for these goods rises. By some estimates, the black market in wildlife is rivaled in size only by trade in illegal arms and drugs.

“Today, ivory sells for nearly $1,000 per pound. Rhino horns are literally worth their weight in gold, $30,000 per pound.”

The rise in trafficking in endangered animal species was also hitting domestic economies where local populations depend on wildlife for tourism, as well as spreading disease and helping to fund rebel militias.

“We all, unfortunately, contribute to the continued demand for illegal animal goods. Wildlife might be targeted and killed across Asia and Africa, but their furs, tusks, bones, and horns are sold all over the world,” Clinton stressed. The United States was now the second largest destination for smuggled animal goods, she said, adding “that is something we are going to address.”

But Clinton insisted it was “a global challenge that spans continents and crosses oceans, and we need to address it with partnerships that are as robust and far-reaching as the criminal networks we seek to dismantle.” It was one of the messages that she would be taking with President Barack Obama to the East Asia summit in Cambodia later this month, she said.

Clinton urged the establishment of a global system of regional wildlife enforcement networks, which she was hoping would get off the ground with $100,000 being put up by the United States.

Clinton said she was also asking for an intelligence assessment of the impact of large-scale wildlife trafficking on security, saying she had been alarmed by reports from leaders in Africa.

“It is one thing to be worried about the traditional poachers who come in and kill and take a few animals, a few tusks, a few horns, or other animal parts,” she said. “It’s something else when you’ve got helicopters, night vision goggles, automatic weapons, which pose a threat to human life as well as wildlife.


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9 Responses to Hillary Clinton Slams Wildlife Trafficking (VIDEO)

  1. Shannon Bowerman December 24, 2012 at 2:19 am #


  2. Juliette West November 18, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

    Thank you so much for your leadership Secretary Clinton on this urgent issue! As a youth advocate for elephants we are asking youth to sign the One Million Kids Against Ivory Trade petition at, which we plan to present to the CITES meeting in Bangkok in March 2013.

  3. Chrissy Stevenson November 16, 2012 at 10:34 pm #

    This is a global challenge! Well said Hillary 🙂 About time this is was addressed! !,

  4. Chanda Rana November 16, 2012 at 5:00 pm #

    well done , madame secretary of state , Thanks for taking the lead it was MUST. Do visit our country to see beautiful one horned rhinos in Chitwan National Park , they also need protection against poaching. pl see our website

  5. For Tomorrow November 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm #

    Take a moment to thank Sec. of State Hillary Clinton for her leadership in addressing this crisis! Sign our thank you letter below:

  6. Mary Lotts on Facebook November 14, 2012 at 7:05 am #

    You better begin with china as they are the biggest offender of rhino horns. Glad to see that something is going to be done to save these animals.

  7. Tracy Puk on Facebook November 14, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Well done Hillary. This shameful trade needs urgent action from the highest levels. I can’t bear to think of a world where these wonderful creatures no longer exist – and all because of greed and wilful ignorance.

  8. Mandy Richardson on Facebook November 14, 2012 at 4:40 am #

    Run for president already… my vote is waiting on you…. but yay Hillary!!!

  9. Jacqueline Brenner on Facebook November 14, 2012 at 4:38 am #

    i love her!