Call, tweet, write! An opportunity to make a difference: The President of the US Barack Obama is in Africa - Demand that poaching be placed on the agenda!
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@BarackObama Please talk poaching/and wild life trafficking when you visit Africa. Elephants & Rhinos are being decimated! #rhino #elephant
As he prepares for his visit to Tanzania, the issue of corruption and poaching must be addressed!
Being among three countries Mr. Obama is visiting, Tanzania stands among African countries nestling corrupt officials in key political and government departments, and who continue squandering natural resources which this African nation has been endowed with, including tourism and wildlife resources…Poaching of elephants, rhinos, and illegal trade on live animals is an issue of major concern to the US government when discussing a pertinent development agenda for Tanzania, wildlife protectionists pointed out.
Tanzania’s elephant population had declined from 109,000 elephants in 2009 to the current estimate of less than 70,000 elephants last year in a rate of about 10,000 elephants gunned a year.
Estimates are currently counting 30 elephants killed per day or 10,950 elephants will be killed in 2013, if this slaughter is allowed to continue unabated, said Dr. Alfred Kikoti, a Tanzanian wildlife expert for the World Elephant Centre (WEC) Project—The last of our elephants will be killed in seven years’ time - the year 2020. [read full article here]
THANK YOU for taking a moment to speak out for the elephants, to have your voice heard.