Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble,
and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. James 1:27
"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty."
So how do we stop these terrorist poachers from committing the unspeakable mayhem on innocent people and at the same time stop the slaughter of elephants? We cut them off at their pocket book, we stop them from making money in the illegal ivory trade.
There is only one reason that these terrorists poach elephants, and that is to sell the ivory for cash to finance their mayhem on villages. If they did not receive money from the sale of illegal ivory then these terrorist organizations could not afford to commit the human atrocities that they do. It takes money to feed, arm, mobilize, and pay their terrorists armies, a very considerable amount of money every month. It all boils down to this simple concept, if we stop the elephant poaching then the terrorists will not be able to afford to finance their mayhem on villagers. In other words, stopping the poaching stops the mayhem on villagers. The terrorist armies eventually will disband voluntarily because they are not being fed, armed and paid.
We will use our Piper PA-18 Super Cub (pictured above) to patrol areas in a few hours that would take many days for Wildlife Rangers to cover with their four-wheel drive vehicles. The Ranger ground teams will be pre-positioned in the field in the area that African Wildlife Initiative’s Air Team is patrolling. When our air team finds poachers, they will give the Rangers the GPS coordinates and the Rangers to make contact with the poachers. The AWI Air Team will then act as a command-and-control platform so that the Ranger ground teams can move in and make the arrests. The air team will also film the poachers and maintain surveillance if they try to flee. (It is nearly impossible to out run an airplane with a vehicle, especially on the very rough dirt tracks in that extremely harsh country.) Our combined presence method will both vastly expand the patrol area and dramatically increase the arrest rate. And because the poachers are the same despicable evil people that are abducting children and using them selling them as sex slaves, the more poachers that are arrested the less child abductions there will be.
People ask us:
1. Is what we are going to do dangerous? Yes it is.
2. Will they shoot at your airplane? Yes they will, and we will take evasive action. Wouldn’t you?
3. Will elephant poaching and child abductions drop dramatically in an area where you operate? Yes, of course
5. Why are you willing to risk your life to do this? Because someone has to step up to the plate and put a stop to both of these unspeakable crimes or nothing will change. Theodore Roosevelt said it best: No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well being, to risk his body, to risk his life in a great cause." And this is a great cause!
We are signing a blank check that includes our willingness to give our lives to stop elephant poaching and rescue child sex slaves in the Central African Republic. So really there is only one question left...What are you willing to give?