WildLeaks: Exposing the Links Between Elephant Poaching and Boko Haram
“The modern ivory trade was built on war,” says Varun Vira, one of the authors of “Ivory’s Curse.” And of course this trade depends at least in part on corrupt government officials in many countries who facilitate the movement of ivory.
For insight into hidden relationships in the ivory trade and wildlife crimes more broadly, Radio VR’s David Kerans spoke with the head of the California-based
Crosta reiterated the main concerns of “Ivory’s Curse,” and reviewed the fast progress WildLeaks has made since its launch in February of this year. He says “about 60 to 70” tips on large-scale crimes have come in, largely from Africa, but including some exposing organizations illicitly trading wildlife (live animals as well as ivory, etc.) or poaching wolves and bears in the United States. He also detailed the partnerships WildLeaks has forged with allied organizations, and discussed progress in raising awareness around the globe of WildLeaks, which will translate into more whistleblowing and scrutiny of crimes against wildlife and the environment.
Listen to the conversation between Crosta and Kerans here: