Published: Sun, October 14, 2018
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Britain's William and Harry tackle wildlife crime

Britain's William and Harry tackle wildlife crime

Conservation groups say the illegal wildlife trade is the fourth largest criminal activity in the world and countries around the world are trying to tackle the issue.


A statement from the Ministry of International Affairs and Cooperation said the conference provides the necessary platform for Masisi to share Botswana's experiences and successes in dealing with illegal wildlife trade.

"We can only stop the illegal wildlife trade by targeting the global gangs and criminal networks which essentially drive it".

The "Mansion House Declaration" is being unveiled ahead of an global conference on the illegal wildlife trade hosted by the UK Government, at which William is to give the keynote speech.

TRT World's Shamim Chowdhury reports.

"It's heartbreaking to think that by the time my children, George, Charlotte and Louis are in their 20s, elephants, rhinos and tigers might well be extinct in the wild", he said, adding that that he could not face his children if his generation allows elephants, tigers and other species to become extinct.

"UK aid is directly supporting efforts to recover illegal assets, disrupt organised crime networks and stop the flow of dirty money so that we can protect endangered and trafficked species and bring those responsible to justice".

Experts now believe criminal networks trafficking arms and people are also involved in wildlife poaching and black market animal product sales. The site of the event has rotated over the years; William spoke at last year's event in Hanoi, where he made a personal appeal to the Vietnamese people on behalf of the wildlife, as Vietnam is considered among the top destinations for illegal wildlife. "There is a lot more to do because there is limited information available for policy makers", said Lord Hague, the former United Kingdom foreign minister.

"We are following the commodity".

U.S. intelligence analyst Gloria Freund said this approach should interest global crime fighters because it will also help track major arms and drug smugglers.

The UK funded Global Wildlife Programme has already worked with Kenya's Parliament to enact the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013, which increased both prison sentences and financial penalties for wildlife-related crimes, and this new initiative will help us secure more results like that. "These things do gradually build a certain momentum and political will".

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