Take the pledge to protect animals on Wildlife Conservation Day

In the video above, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asks for your support of Wildlife Conservation Day.


As Director of IFAW’s global program on wildlife crime and consumer awareness, I have spent the better part of 2012 in the field working on the frontlines with wildlife law enforcement to help train, equip and encourage proactive law enforcement action against wildlife crime.

The commitment being made by the U.S. State Department to fight global wildlife trafficking and transnational wildlife crime is desperately needed and appreciated.

Working on the frontlines to fight wildlife trafficking is no easy task and thanks to the efforts of organizations like the International Fund for Animal Welfare and others, we are now approaching the end of another year working to  break every link on the illegal wildlife trade chain. 

Unfortunately as we have been coming up with new and innovative ways to fight wildlife crime, the organized crime syndicates who poach our precious wildlife have increased their deadly poaching and illicit wildlife trafficking activities.                

We must work together now to ensure the safety of imperiled animals.

Which is why this December 4, I am proud to take the pledge to “Stop Wildlife Crime” on the inaugural Wildlife Conservation Day.

Declared by the U.S. State Department, the U.S. government’s new global initiative to fight wildlife trafficking across the globe launches today.

Wildlife Conservation Day brings together partner NGOs and U.S. embassies around the world to spread the word about international unity against wildlife crime.

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said,

“Protecting wildlife is a matter of protecting our planet's natural beauty. We see it's a stewardship responsibility for us and this generation and future generations to come. But it is also a national security issue, a public health issue, and an economic security issue.”

Elephants, rhino, and tigers are beautiful creatures.

Recently, there has been a rampant rise in the poaching of elephants and rhinos for their ivory and horns.

IFAW has been work hard to help stop this illicit and brutal trade.  IFAW’s far reaching work addresses illicit wildlife trade at all levels of the trade chain:  training and equipping anti-poaching ranger teams, supporting law enforcement officers so they can intercept criminals, and educating consumers to reject endangered wildlife products, especially in China, the world’s largest market for wildlife products.

To commemorate Wildlife Conservation Day, IFAW is partnering with U.S. embassies around the world.

For example, IFAW’s Asia Regional Director Grace Ge Gabriel is participating in an event at the U.S. embassy in Thailand, and her staff will take part in an event with the U.S. embassy at the Hejingyuan Tea & Art Club in Beijing, as well as one with the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou.

IFAW is working to ensure that we eradicate every link on the illegal wildlife trade chain.

And you can help.  

We must each take the responsibility to make sure there is no more consumer demand for endangered wildlife.

Today, on Wildlife Conservation Day, do your part to ensure that animals are safe from illicit wildlife trade.

Take the wildlife pledge.

By working together, we can make a difference. 


Visit www.ifaw.org/wildlifepledge to learn more.

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