Pangolins need all our help.
I’ve had an email from SumOfUs.org about a petition for pangolin lovers. They have some really good campaigns on SumOfUs and are achieving some great results
Pangolins they need our voice, and our signature to tell Facebook "to increase the enforcement of wildlife trafficking policy and make sure that no threatened or endangered species’ parts are sold on your platform."
A new report says that Facebook it worse, because they are letting traffickers sell pangolin parts on their platform! Report investigators searched translations of pangolin in different languages, and there was listing after listing, even though Facebook has already signed an international coalition to stop this sort of thing! They just need to enforce their own rules.
Actions for Animals
Peter Fearnhead, CEO, African Parks Network, South Africa
Category: Protect wildlife: Wildlife Trafficking
Sometimes you see something on the internet or on television that really hits you hard and makes a point extremely well.
I saw this video, this afternoon, and I wanted to share it with you. Please share it with everyone you can.
The ultimate message is that we SHARE this planet. It demonstrates how dominant the human race has become - and how selfish. I am not going to tell you anymore about it - please just watch it for yourself. Here it is:
Thank you, Gravitas.
Please vow to make a difference today.
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How did the coronavirus start?
Its outbreak in Wuhan, China, was suspected to be the starting point for the coronavirus. And a harsh light was cast on wildlife markets.
Huanan Seafood Market has a terrible range of live and freshly killed animals is thought to be the starting point.
The meat of 30 terrestrial animal species is at the market, as well as seafood. Pangolins, civets, squirrels, pheasants, scorpions, snakes and various rates are available there.
Wildlife markets do 2 things:
- They spread disease – it’s easy to see why when you just have to look at the terrible conditions in which these animals are kept
- These markets are driving species towards extinction.
We are heading towards a massive extinction – the 2019 UN report warned that up to one million animal and plant species could vanish forever.
In October 2020, China is due to host a UN conference on the Convention of Biological Diversity. Representatives from nearly 200 countries will look to find ways to stop the mass extinction.
Let's put pressure on China...
Now is a good time to put pressure on China and push for a worldwide ban on the wildlife trade.
Rainforest Rescue has a petition to shut down these markets once and for all. They are utterly barbaric and it’s high time they were stopped.
The African Wildlife Foundation will invest $25 million over the next 4 years to support the work being done by local communities and African governments to protect wild lands and wildlife in Africa.
The pledge was made at the recent Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) conference in London. AWF’s President Kaddu Sebunya said that poaching and illegal trade in wildlife poses an acute threat to Africa’s rich heritage of natural wealth.
Kaddu says that there is some recovery and stabilization of some vital wildlife populations. AFW has invested $13.1 million to tackle the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and also a further $5.5 million with public-sector partners. The total of $18.6 million has been used to:
- Support anti-poaching efforts on the ground
- Strengthen prosecutorial and judiciary processes
- Put sniffer dogs in critical transit points
- Campaign to stop demand in Asia
As a result:
- 10 out of the 14 populations of elephants the funding has been targeting are increasing or are stable.
- All rhino populations and 7 out of 9 carnivore populations that AWF supports are increasing or are stable
- Prosecutors are building stronger case; judges are delivery stronger sentences for wildlife crimes
- Sniffer dogs have made over 250 finds
And now this most recent pledge will support programmes putting the priorities in place that came out of the London IWT conference:
- To build African leadership and ownership of the illegal wildlife trade in Africa
- Protect habitats and key populations of rhinos, elephants, great apes, large carnivores and giraffes
- Enhance detection of wildlife crimes and strengthen the ability to prosecute and judge, putting criminals behind bars.
The belief is that Africa must own and drive the illegal wildlife trade work. The London conference will help strengthen partnerships across borders to fight the illegal wildlife trade in an effective way.
Four key elements are crucial to give Africa’s wildlife a chance, according to AWF Chief Scientist and VP of Species Protection, Dr Philip Muruthi, and they are:
- Keep wildlife safe from poachers
- Make wildlife products difficult to move around
- Actively involve key local players
- Dampen the demand for wildlife products
The illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be about £18 billion. And it’s linked to extreme violence and drugs/weapons trafficking.
In London from the 11-12 October 2018, the UK Government is hosting an international illegal wildlife trade conference.
And ahead of the conference, the Duke of Cambridge, President of United for Wildlife, hosted a meeting of the United for Wildlife Financial Taskforce for the signing of the Mansion House Declaration
Over 20 banks are clamping down on money laundering by criminal gangs who are involved in poaching elephants, rhinos, tigers and other threatened species.
HSBC, Barclays, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered and the Bank of America Merrill Lynch are all signing an agreement committing them to training their staff to spot transactions which are linked to the trade in rhino horn, ivory and other animal parts.
The Duke met with senior staff from the banks back in May and they agreed to join a new wildlife financial taskforce set up by United for Wildlife. Traffic (a wildlife trade monitoring network) and the Royal United Services Institute are also signing.
The Duke of Cambridge launched the initiative and the commitment made by these financial institutions is laid out in the Mansion House Declaration. The six commitments in the declaration are:
1. Increasing awareness of how the financial industry can combat IWT
2. Providing training to identify and investigate suspicious activity
3. Providing intelligence to regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies
4. Reviewing intelligence alerts received through the Taskforce and taking appropriate actions
5. Considering additional actions such as policy amendments
6. Supporting and promoting the work of the Taskforce and external supporting
The Duke of Cambridge thinks that the wealthy overseeing the trade need to be tracked down as well as the poachers.
Britain’s Penny Mordaunt, the UK’s International Development Secretary, will also sign. She will also announce that the Government will give £3.5 million to an international project to tackle money laundering by gang leaders who profit from the illegal wildlife trade.
In part, the money will help improve detection and the sharing of intelligence by law enforcement bodies in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, Uganda and the Ivory Coast.
If the UK can protect these species, it will also help some of the world’s poorest people to benefit from sustainable jobs which depend on the nautral world and endangered, wild animals.
The creation of the Financial Taskforce follows on from the success of the of United for Wildlife’s Transportation Taskforce. In March 2016, the Buckingham Palace Declaration in March 2016 was signed. It saw global transport industry leaders unite to identify ways the transport sector can close down criminal supply routes to thwart traffickers as part of efforts to tackle the poaching crisis. Find out here.Go to United for Wildlife here