Scientific American Forum: Why Elephant Poachers Love the Federal Budget Sequester

African elephant . Credit: Gary M. Stoltz/USFWSDan Ashe was invited to write an essay on poaching and spending cuts.

Although foreign species may seem like other nations' problem, nothing could be further from the truth. The native species and ecosystems of our planet support billions of people and drive the world's economy. Everyone has a stake in sustaining these fragile ecosystems and species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) plays an essential role in combating global wildlife trafficking. Since the federal budget sequestration took effect in March, however, our ability to carry out this mission has been diminished, just as the situation for endangered species around the globe has become increasingly critica

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Last updated: August 31, 2011