Clinton pushes effort to protect African elephants

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Associated Press

Posted on September 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Thursday, Sep 26 at 10:02 AM

NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is jumpstarting an $80 million effort to curb the poaching and trafficking of elephants in Africa.

The former secretary of state and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, say the killing of elephants to sell ivory around the globe has reached a crisis point.

The Clinton Global Initiative project hopes to prevent the killing and trafficking of elephants and rhinos. It also wants to address the demand for ivory in Asia and the United States.

The leaders of several African nations joined the Clintons at the event. They support a moratorium on imports, exports and sales of tusks and ivory until the elephant population is no longer threatened.

The former first lady says the African forest elephant could be extinct in 10 years. She calls it a "great disaster."

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