Forensic science could be key in stopping endangered animal poaching

Later this month, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species will meet with forensic scientists to propose a series of changes that could make new technologies available that can help track down poachers. With the latest forensic technology, a poacher caught with a rhino horn, or even dust from a horn he already sold, can be linked with the corpse of a specific rhino, contributing to successful prosecutions. If approved, these changes would allow conservationists to fight illegal wildlife trade with forensics as they desperately search for new ways to stop this growing problem.

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Forensic science could be key in stopping endangered animal poaching

Later this month, the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species will meet with forensic scientists to propose a series of changes that could make new technologies available that can help track down poachers. With the latest forensic technology, a poacher caught with a rhino horn, or even dust from a horn he already sold, can be linked with the corpse of a specific rhino, contributing to successful prosecutions. If approved, these changes would allow conservationists to fight illegal wildlife trade with forensics as they desperately search for new ways to stop this growing problem.

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