Obama launches $10 million campaign to fight wildlife poaching and trafficking in Africa


President Barack Obama this week announced a new federal initiative to fight against wildlife poaching and trafficking in Africa. Launched under an executive order, the program calls for the State Department to provide $ 10 million in technical assistance and training in Kenya, South Africa, and the sub-Saharan region, where elephant and rhino populations have plummeted at alarming rates.

The White House also established a Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking charged with creating a national strategy within the next six months. The task force will include members of the Interior, Justice, and State Departments, and will be advised by an eight-member panel of experts.

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