African Union (AU)
Chairs: Aaron Thammavongxay, Catherine Park, Alisha Merchant
Illegal Animal Poaching
Last year, 1,028 rhinos were killed in South Africa alone. Tragically, this works out to nearly three rhinos being killed every day. Aside from the prominent elephant and rhino, a multitude of animals are threatened by illegal animal poaching. High demand for items such as elephant ivory and tiger products leads to high prices for those items and this drives poachers, sometimes poor locals sometimes criminals, to kill these animals. Worryingly, terrorist groups have also used poaching as a means to fund their organizations and this requires an immediate response. The African Union’s responsibility involves protecting the resources of its members and poaching presents a problem that must be dealt with in an effective, feasible, and timely manner.