NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the U.S. will soon step up efforts to build a global coalition to combat the illegal wildlife trade.
Elephants and rhinos across Africa are being hunted down by poachers and Clinton says the U.S. is alarmed that rebel militias could be profiting from the illegal killings.
Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of Save the Elephants, said Friday that Clinton's speech in Washington signifies that the U.S. will tackle wildlife poaching. He said China also needs to join the fight. Most of the illegal ivory being shipped out of Africa goes to China.
Clinton said that wildlife trafficking is growing and has become more organized and lucrative.
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