While modest in its scope, President Obama has issued his first policies to fight the poaching of wildlife in Africa. The $10 million for all of Africa is less than most Wildlife Foundations give in a year. However, it is an important first step in America's commitment to join the war against poachers.
The President proposed:
- A $10 million pledge to improve protection for threatened wildlife populations in key African countries.
- A Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to develop a national strategy within six months to fight wildlife crime, which will receive recommendations from an Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking of independent experts.
- A review of the federal government’s Transnational Organized Crime Strategy to consider adding wildlife trafficking to the list of crimes it covers, elevating it to the same level as arms, drug and human trafficking.