To the dismay of conservationists around the world, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced plans to import 18 wild elephants from the Kingdom of Swaziland for permanent placement in American zoos.
The southern African country only has 39 elephants in all -- so the proposal will cut the nation's elephant population by nearly half.
Confining wild elephants that have naturally huge home ranges simply isn't conservation. A better move for the United States would be to help close the ivory market as quickly as possible, expand habitat protections, and increase anti-poaching personnel and equipment.
November 20, 2015 Action Alert ID# 301
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