Some very disturbing news: Armies throughout Africa, many of them funded by the U.S. government, are using our support to slaughter elephants and other wildlife on an unprecedented scale.
"Africa is in the midst of an epic elephant slaughter. Conservation groups say poachers are wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year, more than at any time in the previous two decades, with the underground ivory trade becoming increasingly militarized," reports The New York Times.
Why, you might ask? To make money through the illegal international trade in ivory, with China being the largest customer. Unless the vast global network in exotic animal trade is effectively shut down, conservationists despair that many wild animals -- elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas -- will become extinct in a few years.