Beyond Cecil: The illegal trade in wildlife has real consequences for the world

The Guardian: World News

As the world agonised over the death of Cecil the Lion, poachers slaughtered five elephants in South Africa. It’s time we addressed this a global epidemic

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As the world agonised over the death of Cecil the lion, poachers in Kenya’s Tsavo West National Park – less than 296km (183 miles) from the UN Environment Programme world headquarters in Nairobi – illegally slaughtered five elephants, plundered the carcasses and fled the country with their ivory prize. Compared to Cecil, the slaughter barely registered on the world’s radar.

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