February 13, 2014 – As government leaders gather in London to discuss new measures to counter wildlife trafficking, WildAid and conservation’s top stars released two new messages as part of the world’s largest campaign to reduce the demand for endangered species products. One message, “Whole World”, features The Duke of Cambridge, David Beckham, NBA great Yao Ming, and a crash of rhinos courtesy of GreenScreen Animals.
Today the U.S. government unveiled a new national strategy for combating the global illegal wildlife trade. In response, the African Wildlife Foundation released the following statement from its CEO, Dr. Patrick Bergin. Bergin is part of the eight-member Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, which provided suggestions for the development of the strategy and which will be offering further input on its implementation.
Ivory destruction sets the stage for next week’s global summit in London, as heads of state from around the world will discuss ways to combat the illegal wildlife trade
Court hands down harshest sentence yet to ivory smuggler
On Tuesday, a Kenyan court ordered Tang Yong Jian, a convicted ivory smuggler from China, to pay a fine of Ksh 20 million, approximately US$233,000, or serve seven years in prison.
"The culture of ivory worship in Hong Kong is deep-rooted and centuries-old, which makes the decision to destroy any ivory…that much more extraordinary."