Wednesday, 26 June 2013

G8 belatedly focuses on international wildlife crime

16 Words That Could Save a Species: G8 Makes Historic Commitment to Tackle Wildlife Crime

June 2013. Leaders of the powerful G8 nations have resolved to fight the increasing menace of international wildlife crime in a ground-breaking statement following their summit this week.

16 words
In a written statement of their post-summit intentions, 16 vital words were included: ‘We will also take action to tackle the illegal trafficking of protected or endangered wildlife species.'

This is the first time the G8 have pledged to take on the poachers, and follows the G8 or Too Late campaign run by Care for the Wild International alongside other wildlife NGOs, senior politicians and journalists.

Elephant killed every 16 minutes
Philip Mansbridge, CEO of Care for the Wild, said: "At least one elephant is being killed every 16 minutes, so these 16 words could change everything. We are in real danger of being the generation that allowed elephants, rhinos and tigers to slip into extinction - the G8 leaders have recognised that, and now they must act on it.

"To be honest, this statement does feel like it has been tacked on at the last minute - but credit must go to the British government for listening behind the scenes to the concerns of NGOs like Care for the Wild. David Cameron, William Hague and Owen Patterson seem personally committed to this cause - we congratulate them, and pledge our support for the actions they take."

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