Two US legislators called for an investigation into American aid to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) after BuzzFeed News reported that the WWF has funded anti-poaching guards, tortured and killed Indians in Asia and Africa.
Rep. Eliot Engel Eliot Lance EngelPelosi tries to stop the debate over anti-Semitism so House Dems will vote on the resolution in response to Omar's latest Israeli comments. House Dems Demands Records of Trump's Communication with Putin MORE (DN.Y.), chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US Parliament, told Buzzfeed News in a statement that the WWF must "do whatever it takes to eradicate the problems. "
"I strongly support efforts to combat wildlife trafficking, but this must not be at the expense of the health, safety or life of innocent civilians. If this coverage is correct, WWF should do everything it can to eliminate the problems and demand accountability, "said Engel.
Sen. [Patrick] Patrick Leahy(D-Vt.) Also called for a review and told BuzzFeed News that the allegations were "shocking" 19659002] "We want to protect all endangered species, and law enforcement is an integral part of it, but it must be proven that local park attendants are properly trained and supervised, and those responsible for abuses are held accountable "Leahy said."
BuzzFeed News reported on Monday that indigenous The peoples of Asia and Africa have been shot dead, beaten and sexually assaulted by armed guards, and the WWF is financing and equipping these guards as part of action against poaching.
The revelations were the result of a year-long investigation by Buzzfeed News in six countries and more than 100 interviews.
The WWF told BuzzFeed News that it has initiated an "independent review" of the news organization's allegations.
"We see it as our urgent responsibility to investigate the allegations made by Buzzfeed, and we acknowledge the importance of such a review," the WWF said in a statement released Monday While many of Buzzfeed's claims do not correspond to our understanding of events, we have commissioned an independent review of the issues raised. "