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Tackling Wildlife Crime - London Conference February 12-13

6th February 2014
The trade in the Far East persists Snares claim thousands of lives Freshly cut ivory seized in Zambia

On 12-13 February global heads of state will gather in London to tackle the issue of the illegal wildlife trade.

Hosted by Prime Minister David Cameron and co-chaired by Foreign Secretary, William Hague and Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson the London Conference will be attended by HRH Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge.

Wildlife crime is worth an estimated $19 billion a year and is no longer simply a challenge to conservation, biodiversity and development. Poaching is - just as the illegal trade in arms, drugs and counterfeit goods - a serious threat to national and international security and economic development.

"Our concern is for the endangered species that we have been fighting to protect for 30 years," says  DSWF  CEO, Sally Case. "In 2013 over 1,000 rhino were killed in South Africa alone for their horn, 30,000 elephants lost their lives to ivory poachers and tigers face an uncertain future as demand for their body parts increases. 

"Traditional customs and new money are creating an unsustainable wave of demand that has to be stopped if we are to have any hope of protecting the planet's most iconic mammals from extinction."

Since 1984, DSWF  has been funding vital anti-poaching and undercover investigation projects and recorded some significant successes. In 2013, DSWF was the sole NGO funding an operation that forced one of Asia’s top wildlife kingpins  out of business and convicted one of his deputies. The US Government now has a $ 1m reward out for information leading to his capture.

“We will continue to fight wildlife crime and we ask that you join us by demanding that the UK Government leads Europe in calling for an end to all illegal wildlife trade on this global stage in London on February 12-13 and turns words into meaningful actions. Let’s ensure that William Hague does as he promised ‘to galvanise the international community into taking determined and swift action’ against wildlife crime.”

How you can help. Follow us on  twitter @TheDSWF  and call use the hashtag # endwildlifecrime

We’ll be part of the twitter storm for wildlife in February. Please help us be the voice of wildlife. See our campaign with TigerTime too.

Find out more about DSWF’s work to stop wildlife crime here

Further information

Feb 12 - Pre-conference dinner for heads of state in London
Feb 13 - London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade

For more information see the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade 2014 website here

For more on the UK commitment to action on illegal wildlife trade click here

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