Prince Charles and Prince William are calling upon world leaders to place the battle against wildlife trafficking at the top of the global agenda. At a May 21st, 2013, event in London hosted by HRH The Prince of Wales and the UK government, Prince Charles said: “As a father and a soon-to-be grandfather, I find it inconceivable that our children and grandchildren could live in a world bereft of these animals.
May 17, 2013, marks the 8th annual national Endangered Species Day, with special events and other programs throughout the United States to recognize conservation efforts aimed at helping the country’s imperiled species. This year also commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. Endangered Species Day is celebrated on the third Friday in May. It honors the importance of protecting America’s
The 16th Conference of the Parties (CoP16) to CITES concluded in Bangkok, Thailand, on March 14th, 2013, with mixed results for the world’s most threatened species. After experiencing the spectacle of a CoP firsthand, I can say with certainty that overcoming the wildlife trade cartels who have exploited the Convention to line their pockets will take some strategic maneuvering! We were proud to add our voice to
Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) rallied around Thailand’s proposal to designate March 3rd as “World Wildlife Day” to raise awareness about the importance of conserving wildlife. Speaking at the CITES 16th Conference of the Parties currently under way in Bangkok, the Thai delegate said World Wildlife Day “would help to promo
The United States, China, Vietnam, and Japan have submitted a total of 11 proposals to amend the CITES Appendices for nearly 50 tortoise and freshwater turtle species adversely affected by trade. An estimated 48 — 54% of the world’s 328 tortoise and freshwater turtle species are significantly threatened. Millions of turtles end up in China each year, where they are eaten and used in traditional medicines.
A comprehensive report commissioned by WWF and TRAFFIC confirms that the illegal wildlife trade — with an estimated value in excess of US $20 billion annually — poses a serious threat to global security. The study, released in December 2012, found that the illegal wildlife trade, including fisheries and timber, comprises the fourth largest global illegal trade after narcotics, humans and counterfeit produ
Thanks to a grant from Google’s Global Impact Awards, WWF will receive $5 million for “conservation drones” and other innovative tools to protect endangered species in Africa and Asia. WWF will use the “umbrella of technology” grant to develop a global system which will detect traffickers, monitor wildlife, and boost the effectiveness of ranger patrols. Remote aerial survey systems, wild
December 4th marks Wildlife Conservation Day — and the launch of a global outreach campaign in conjunction with United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s call for a multilateral coalition against wildlife trafficking. Our embassies will use every tool at their disposal to raise awareness about this issue, from honoring local activists, to spreading the word on Facebook and Twitter. We want
A turtle trafficker identified as David Feltenberger of Okeechobee, Florida, has been sentenced to 90 days in prison followed by 90 days of house arrest, three years of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine for exporting wild-caught turtles to China. An undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service found that Feltenberger was using his FWCC Turtle Aquaculture Brood
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton plans to “elevate” the issue of wildlife trafficking at the upcoming East Asia Summit (EAS) in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Speaking at the Association of Southeast Asian National (ASEAN) Ministerial Meeting on September 27th, 2012, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City, Secretary Clinton said that while the top three issues on the EAS agenda will be disaste