IT IS WITHIN OUR POWER TO HELP END THE ILLEGAL POACHING OF ELEPHANTS IN AFRICA AND ASIA.
TOGETHER, LET'S MAKE IT OUR MISSION!
Despite the tougher penalties under the 2013 Wildlife Act, just 6% of wildlife criminals convicted during 2014-15 received a prison sentence, according to the respected Kenyan non-governmental organisation, WildlifeDirect. “To date no high-level trafficker has been convicted and sentenced by Kenyan courts,” it said in a report looking at more than 500 court cases in 2014 and 2015.
Some of the poachers have connections to militias, terrorism and crime syndicates, and they exploit regions that may suffer from political or economic instability. Interpol estimates the value of wildlife crime worldwide to be worth $8bn - $23bn (£6.2bn - £18bn), making it the fourth most lucrative criminal enterprise after illegal drugs, human trafficking and counterfeiting. Poaching is a global criminal issue.
ACT NOW PLEASE, BEFORE ELEPHANTS DISAPPEAR FOR EVER.
We, the undersigned, call on the above mention to help bring about severe punishments for anyone caught poaching elephants and try to save the elephant before it is to late.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
This trade thrives on ignorance, indifference and turning a blind eye to the laws that govern it. But the more we know, the more we can see how our decisions have a major impact on wildlife, people and the planet. The good news is that we really can tackle illegal trade in wildlife by:
Be better informed about the status of wildlife and wildlife products.
Support governments and local communities to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife.
Spread the word and encouraging others to get better informed.
Report crimes when they are witnessed through mobile technology and national hotlines.
Work to reduce human-wildlife conflict for land and resources at community level.
Make individual choices that don’t threaten species such as not buying products from wildlife protected by law and by supporting companies that demonstrate sustainable supply chains and environmentally responsible policies.
The TOUGHER SENTENCES FOR POACHERS OF ELEPHANTS - NAME AND SHAME THEM petition to TERESA MAY AND HEADS OF ALL COUNTRIES was written by JACQUELINE PLATTEN and is in the category Animal Welfare at GoPetition.