Granger honored for fight against worldwide poaching

For her hard work in battling illegal poaching around the world, U.S. Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX) was recently recognized by the World Wildlife Fund at the Fort Worth Zoo.

“The reason the U.S. has put serious money behind solving this problem is because a handful of people in our government are committed to addressing it, and none more so than Kay Granger,” said Carter Roberts, president and CEO of the World Wildlife Fund.

Granger explained that elephants and rhinos are among the many animals in danger of extinction due to the fact that thousands of them are being hunted down and slaughtered by poachers who find value in their tusks and horns. She added that the lucrative poaching market also funds terrorism in many locations.

Emphasizing that just one elephant tusk has a black market value of more than $50,000, Granger said that “the killing of just one middle-aged elephant” (could be more than enough to fund a major terror attack).

“This kind of black market financing is a real concern especially as criminal poaching networks become more sophisticated in the weapons and equipment they use to illegally poach rhinos and elephants for their ivory,” Granger, the chairwoman of the State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, said.