The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is, “Zero Tolerance for the Illegal Trade in Wildlife. ”
UNEP World Environment Day
The booming illegal trade in wildlife products is eroding Earth’s precious biodiversity, robbing us of our natural heritage and driving whole species to the brink of extinction. The killing and smuggling is also undermining economies and ecosystems, fuelling organized crime, and feeding corruption and insecurity across the globe.
Wildlife crime endangers iconic elephants, rhinos, tigers, gorillas and sea turtles. In 2011, a subspecies of Javan rhino went extinct in Vietnam, while the last western black rhinos vanished from Cameroon the same year. Great apes have disappeared from Gambia, Burkina Faso, Benin and Togo, and other countries could quickly follow. Lesser-known victims include helmeted hornbills and pangolins as well as wild orchids and timbers like Rosewood, flowers and timber are also considered wildlife!
WildAid is an environmental organization. WildAid focuses on reducing the demand for wildlife products. WildAid’s mission is to end the illegal wildlife trade in our lifetimes. We envision a world where people no longer buy wildlife products such as shark fin, elephant ivory and rhino horn. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on protecting animals from poaching, WildAid works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products by persuading consumers and strengthening enforcement. WildAid’s strategy for achieving this goal is to reduce demand for these products using our slogan: When the Buying Stops, the Killing Can Too.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The world is dealing with an unprecedented spike in illegal wildlife trade, threatening to overturn decades of conservation gains. Ivory estimated to weigh more than 23 metric tons, a figure that represents 2,500 elephants was seized in the 13 largest seizures of illegal ivory in 2011. Stamping out wildlife crime is a priority for WWF because it is the largest direct threat to the future of many of the world’s most threatened species. It is second only to habitat destruction in overall threats against species survival.