One of my greatest joys is wildlife and domestic animals. Anyone who has had the honor of being able to witness the extraordinary wildlife unfettered by human restrictions understands how fast so many species are disappearing. The last several years literally has seen an epidemic in poaching of especially elephants and rhinos. Entire herds in some nations have been taken down by poachers.
In 2012 alone over 30,000 elephants have been slaughtered for their tusks. Over 25,000,000 sharks are killed each year. Only 3,200 tigers remain in the wild in the entire world.
Secretary Hillary Clinton in a profound and important address to Partnership Meeting On Wildlife Trafficking outlines a four point policy and plan for the United States and other nations to end such trafficking and save our most treasured animals.
National Geographic reported on the conference:
“Everyone contributes to the continued demand for illegal animal goods,” Clinton said. “Wildlife might be targeted and killed across Asia and Africa, but their furs, tusks, bones, and horns are sold all over the world. Smuggled goods from poached animals find their way to Europe, Australia, China, and the United States. I regret to say the United States is the second-largest destination market for illegally trafficked wildlife in the world. And that is something we are going to address.”
Clinton thanked the conservation groups attending today’s meeting, noting appreciation for their invaluable work. ”But the truth is they cannot solve this problem alone. None of us can. This is a global challenge that spans continents and crosses oceans, and we need to address it with partnerships that are as robust and far-reaching as the criminal networks we seek to dismantle,” she said. ”Therefore, we need governments, civil society, businesses, scientists, and activists to come together to educate people about the harms of wildlife trafficking. We need law enforcement personnel to prevent poachers from preying on wildlife. We need trade experts to track the movement of goods and help enforce existing trade laws. We need finance experts to study and help undermine the black markets that deal in wildlife. And most importantly, perhaps, we need to reach individuals, to convince them to make the right choices about the goods they purchase.”
There’s no quick fix, Clinton added. “But by working closely, internationally, with all of these partners, we can take important steps to protect wildlife in their environments and begin to dry up the demand for trafficked goods.”
The "Four Point Plan" to end trafficking of wildlife can be found on National Geographic with all the details but here are the four points:
1. Seeking Global Consensus
2. Enlisting Support of People
3. Strengthening Enforcement
4. Forming A Global Coalition.