Southend West Candidate supports campaign to end wildlife crime

Southend West Candidate Julian Ware-Lane has shown his commitment to protecting animals by pledging his support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) campaign to end wildlife poaching.

Southend West Candidate Julian Ware-Lane has shown his commitment to protecting animals by pledging his support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) campaign to end wildlife poaching.

 

At the Labour Party Conference, Julian Ware-Lane was pictured with a speech bubble to highlight the issue and send a clear message that he wants the UK to continue to take the lead in the international community to stamp out wildlife crime.

 

The illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated £11.6 billion per year. It ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

 

Criminals are attracted to wildlife trafficking for the huge profits and low penalties. Disturbingly, the proceeds are used to fund well-armed rebel and militia groups who are willing to slaughter threatened species and kill people to obtain elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and other wildlife parts.

 

Julian said: “An elephant is killed every 15 minutes for its ivory. I am campaigning against this because animals should not be killed to satisfy vanity. The ivory trade is wrong on so many levels”

 

IFAW’s work to combat wildlife crime includes providing training and equipment to anti-poaching ranger units, training customs officials to identify and seize wildlife contraband, collaborating with law enforcement authorities to arrest and prosecute black market traders and working to reduce demand for these products throughout the world, particularly in China.

 

 

IFAW’s UK Campaigns Manager, Tania McCrea-Steele, said: “The impact of poaching and the illegal trade on wildlife is very grave and we are witnessing entire populations of iconic species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos being brought to the brink of extinction. We thank Julian Ware-Lane for showing his commitment to stamping out wildlife crime.

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