Thursday, February 7, 2008

Another reason to support israel -- they stop poachers and support endangered species!

A young Israeli started an organization in Africa to help stop poaching of endangered species for Ivory. Apparently a lot of Israelis got involved! They travel all over the world, so I guess that's how they ended up in Sub-Saharan Africa.

"Thirty-one year old Ofir Drori heads fight against illegal hunting, trade in rare African animals, through Last Great Ape organization. 'Israel is a real force in the fight against animal poaching, trade in the international arena,' he says

Itamar Eichner

Published: 01.30.08, 08:32 / Israel Activism

Ofir Drori, a self-proclaimed adventurer, is one of the new voices fighting the illegal hunting and trade of African wildlife.

Hundreds of elephants, apes, lions, tigers rhinos and parrots are hunted in Africa everyday, whether for food, or for trade in their body parts.

Drori, 31, first came to Africa eight years ago, where he quickly became a human-rights activist. After traveling through the continent, he found that its hunting and poaching laws were barely enforces, he formed LAGA – The Last Great Ape Organization, which became a leader in the fight against poaching.

"If no one does anything to stop the illegal trade, many rare animals will become extinct in a few years," he told Yedioth Ahronoth Tuesday. "

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