"US Offers $1 Million Reward for Help in Halting Wildlife Trafficking"

"MIAMI -- A day before federal wildlife officials are set to send a message to poachers by destroying 6 tons of ivory, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced a $1 million reward program to combat the illegal wildlife trafficking trade."

"The United States is prepared to pay up to $1 million for information leading to the dismantling of the Laos-based Xaysavang Network, considered one of the world's most prolific organized crime groups trafficking wildlife, Kerry said.

The group has affiliates in Africa and Asia,, where skyrocketing demand for ivory and rhino horns in Vietnam and China have spawned a resurgence in illicit wildlife trafficking."

Jacqueline Charles reports for the Miami Herald November 13, 2013.

Source: Miami Herald, 11/14/2013