Tuesday, 25 September 2012

African religious leaders join forces to help stop illegal wildlife trade

Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist and traditional faith leaders speak out against wildlife crime
September 2012. WWF and the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) have announced a first-ever partnership with faith leaders from across Africa to unite against the killing of endangered species for the illegal wildlife trade. In an unprecedented move, 50 African religious representatives from different faiths and countries have come together to call for the end of illegal wildlife trade which is annihilating the continent's elephant and rhino populations. 

Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and traditional faiths
WWF and ARC have worked with leaders from Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and traditional faiths to align around the wildlife crisis facing Africa and held several meetings including a wildlife safari in Nairobi National Park during which the religious leaders discussed the role of religion in Africa to halt the trade. The leaders gave a moving tribute to all the wildlife exterminated due to the trade and also prayed for the wellbeing of local communities and for the many hundreds of rangers that have lost their lives protecting wildlife across Africa.

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