How Does the US Tackle Rhino Poaching?

How does the US combat rhino poaching:

Operation Crash

Working under the US Fish and Wildlife Services (USFWS),  150 law enforcement officers were recruited to tackle all aspects of U.S. involvement in the black market rhino horn trade. They have infiltrated the undercover horn smuggling ring and since 2012 have netted 15 arrests and 7 convictions throughout the country.

Most recently as part of Operation Crash, the owner of a Chinese antique shop and ringleader of a horn smuggling conspiracy was sentenced in New Jersey.  The man was given 70 months in prison for wildlife trafficking. Although not seemingly long enough, it was of the longest ever imposed in the United States for a wildlife smuggling offense.

“As this case clearly demonstrates, rhino trafficking is increasingly organized, well financed and a threat to the rule of law. The United States is resolved to bring wildlife traffickers to justice, ” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Hirsch

In addition to coordinating sting operations, the USFWS recently officially listed the white rhino as a threatened species. This is a crucial action, as it closes a huge loophole in trafficking of all rhino horns. (see previous post: US Closes Loophole in Horn Trafficking)

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8 thoughts on “How Does the US Tackle Rhino Poaching?

  1. we too work to protect wild animals in kenya.
    Let the law be more intensified

  2. Jo

    It is a well known fact that American ‘trophy’ killers are slaughtering wildlife in Afica nearly to the brink of extinction. They do anythng but help poaching. In Tanzania for example poaching is a huge problem and it is also full of rich Americans killing African wildlife heritage for sick self-gratification. What a nuisance they are.

    • Ian Forsyth

      Americans (generally) regard the wildlife situation the same as their pet cat – Theyr’e OK as long as they look “pretty”, stay away from places they aint supposed to be, and disappear on an Out of sight out of mind” basis when interest wanes.. Asian Demand for animal bits aside; American Wealth is the next biggest scourge in Africa!!

      • Quite the generalization Ian. But yes, the wealthy Americans, just as the wealthy Chinese, and every other person who CAN afford to make a difference and choose to slaughter wildlife ARE a problem. Luckily there are those who choose better, like Howard Buffet, who donate and aid Africa, instead of decimating it.

  3. Jo

    Americans are also killing endangered rhino’s in Africa in the name of ‘conservation’ and the us fish and wildlife service are allowing their ‘trophies’ to be imported to the states (including the horns). It seems to depend on how much money they have. Very wrong..

    • True J-trophy hunting is an issue both for all participating countries- those that seek the import (like America) and those that allow it, like many African countries. Killing endangered species is in no way “saving” them.

  4. I know boss’s who buy and sell the rhinos horn,living in Mozambique, i need money i can show you mothan 5 boss’s…..they are millionaires…..dirving big cars without working, building big house’s without working

    • And that is the frustration! It’s no secret who and where they are. And their arrogance at not hiding it! Appalling. Law enforcement should be ashamed.

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