attracted to wildlife trafficking for the huge profits and low penalties.
Often, the proceeds are used to fund well-armed rebel and militia groups who
are willing to slaughter threatened species and kill people to obtain elephant
ivory, rhinoceros horn and other wildlife parts.
In addition to the
growing demand for wildlife products, other factors contributing to the
proliferation of the illegal wildlife trade are inadequate regulations, lack of
enforcement, online marketplaces and the legal wildlife trade.
I am appalled by the current scale of
illegal wildlife trade and its impact on threatened species of animals. I am
proud to support IFAW’s campaign and I hope my constituents will get behind the
campaign as well.
I think that we can say that when, separately,
Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge
are taking an active interest in wildlife crime and poaching then we all ought
to be taking an interest!”
As well as urging the UK Government to take
a lead internationally, IFAW is calling on them to commit to the long-term
funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and ensure that the Crown
Prosecution Service has specially trained prosecutors handling all wildlife