Leaders urge 'follow the money' to combat wildlife trafficking

Mindy Sparks
October 14, 2018

He says the issue affects everyone.

President Yoweri Museveni has said issues of illegal wildlife trade can not be divorced from poverty and that countries must strive to get their people out of poverty through sustainable tourism, investments, trade and industrialization, adding that the structure of the society in Africa needs to change as happened in Europe.

Speaking during the fourth conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) in London, United Kingdom, the First Lady noted that Kenya had recorded a decline in poaching due to its enhanced wildlife law enforcement efforts and the government's proactive anti-poaching measures.

TRT World's Shamim Chowdhury reports.

International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt yesterday (10 October) announced a new joint initiative with the Foreign Office, to target wildlife traffickers and criminal gangs, tackling the global scourge of the illegal wildlife trade.

"It's heartbreaking to think that by the time my children, George, Charlotte and Louis are in their 20s, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild", he said, adding that that he could not face his children if his generation allows elephants, tigers and other species to become extinct. "It's our job to stop them", Sessions said. The conference aimed at deliberating on how to combat illegal wildlife trade and trafficking is being hosted by UK Prime Minister, Thereza May.

"I, therefore, call upon governments and partners gathered here to strengthen collaboration and cooperation especially in sharing intelligence, capacity development-equipments, training and financing, strengthening laws and cross border law enforcement, reducing demand for illegal wildlife products and strengthening legal mechanisms for commercialisation of wildlife to support sustainable development", he said.

"We are following the commodity".

"This is particularly striking when we consider the scale", she said.

Animal protection group leaders said they were starting to see tangible progress after decades of nations paying lip service to fight the illicit wildlife trade. The Conference, which is expected to bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world's most iconic species from the threat of extinction, will focus on three key themes: Tackling illegal wildlife trade (IWT) as a serious organized crime; Building coalitions and closing markets. "These things do gradually build a certain momentum and political will".

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