Today, we’re celebrating Wildlife Conservation Day!
Around the world, people are pledging their commitment to wildlife and joining an international movement to stop wildlife crime.
(Photo: Richard Ruggiero)
Federal agencies, international conservation organizations, and U.S. embassies around the world are spreading the word about wildlife crime and asking citizens to say “no” to illegal products made from endangered animals and plants.
On November 8th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke about the increasingly dangerous levels of international wildlife trafficking.
Wildlife crime is threatening wildlife, endangering the lives of those who protect them, and negatively impacting communities around the world.
Some of the world’s most iconic species, elephants, rhinos and tigers, are increasingly imperiled by poaching and trafficking. To combat wildlife crime and the organized criminals that are largely responsible, we must all work together.
By connecting governments, organizations and individuals, we can get the word out on wildlife crime and save these species.
In her speech, Secretary Clinton got to the crux of the issue, noting:
“If you love animals, if you want to see a more secure world, if you want our economy not to be corrupted globally by this kind of illicit behavior, there is so much we can do together. After all, the world’s wildlife, both on land and in our waters, is such a precious resource, but it is also a limited one. It cannot be manufactured. And once it’s gone, it cannot be replenished. […] So we have to work together to stop them and ensure a sustainable future for our wildlife, the people who live with them, and the people who appreciate them everywhere.”
So what can you do to stop wildlife crime? A lot! You can:
- Visit www.wildlifepledge.org and take the pledge to respect and protect the world’s wildlife!
- Visit USFWS International Affairs’ Facebook and Twitter page throughout the day to learn about what USFWS is doing to protect wildlife around the globe.
- Become a more educated consumer and learn about the products you buy, where they are made and what they contain.
- Tell others about this issue! Share information with your family and friends so that we can make everyone more educated and active members of the global community.
Remember – one person can make a difference in this global issue.
Happy Wildlife Conservation Day and let us know how you plan on taking part!