“The apparent uptick in elephant poaching may be the result of the country’s progress toward peace.”

Peace and Poaching?

A recent article by Quartz Africa points to, “progress toward  peace” (Patinkin, Quartz Africa) as a cause for higher rates of animal poaching in South Sudan.  As the government and rebel forces begin to come together, there is increasingly less work for soldiers.  Without a steady income, more and more soldiers and civilians are seeking bushmeat (antelopes) for eating as well as ivory (elephants) for money, the article states.  

This proves what a highly complex issue illegal poaching continues to be.   



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