Support Punishing Armed Wildlife Traffickers

Target: United Nations Security Council

Goal: Commend the United Nations Security Council for targeting illegal wildlife traffickers in the Central African Republic

In a recent trade resolution, the United Nations (UN) Security Council specifically named “illicit trade of wildlife and wildlife products” in its sanction regimes. Although environmental and wildlife advocates have warned the UN about trafficking groups’ strong financing from illegal elephant ivory trade for many years, wildlife trafficking has become more than just a mere environmental issues. It has now become a security issue too.

According to Wendy Elliott of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), wildlife traffickers “are funding the armed groups that are causing the human rights violations, but it is still treated as an environmental issue and that is just not going to work out.” U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said, “In recent years wildlife trafficking has become a lucrative business and a source for conflict, so it’s a sign of progress that the Security Council recognizes the link between stopping poaching and advancing peace.”

The next challenge is to prove the connections between animal poachers, traffickers, and armed groups in Central Africa. Sign the below petition to commend the UN Security Council for protecting vulnerable species and cutting off support to armed criminal groups.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Members of the United Nations Security Council,

You should be commended for collectively recognizing that wildlife trafficking in Central Africa is more than an environmental issue, but a security issue as well. Your resolution to renew an arms embargo, travel bans, and asset freezes against armed groups in the Congo is a step in the right direction. These sanctions include groups who illegally trade natural resources, wildlife, and wildlife products.

There are less than 2,000 elephants in Garamba National Park, compared to 22,000 in the 1960s. Illegal trade in elephant ivory constitutes an important source of funding for armed groups in Central Africa. Your recent decisions have provided the opportunity to protect elephants and other vulnerable species by cutting off support for armed criminal groups in the region.

I am urging you to continue working with advocacy groups like the World Wildlife Fund, and local experts who understand the dynamics of trade in Africa, to put an end to illegal wildlife trafficking. Implementing these sanctions in Africa will be a challenge, but you have a great deal of support to overcome the obstacles and enforce the law.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit:  Greenwich Photography via Flickr

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  1. THESE BARBARIC SCENERIES ARE MONSTERSWORK, NOT HUMANDEGRADING, ABSOLUTELY WRONG & UNACCEPTABLE AND TO BAN IN THE MOMENT! THIS HAS TO STOP IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!

    Pure infantile primitivism – what kind of unhumane monsters are able to handle and destroy LIVING BREATHING CREATURES in that way is unbelievable.

    HAVE YOU ALL LOST YOUR HUMANITY AND BRAIN, FERAL PERSONS RESPONSIBLE??

    People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!

    DEFORMED UNHUMANE MONSTERS SHOULD SEPARATED AND LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS FOR DON´T DISTURB THEIR FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    MONSTERHUNTERS NEEDED

    IT IS TIME N O W TO DEMAND ALL BRUTALIZERS and KILLERS ONTO A LIST TO CONDEMN THEM TO EXTRACHARGE FOR NGO´S working for FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    HOW CAN HUMANS ARE AS MONSTEROUS AS YOU, PERSONS RESPONSIBLE, LET A LIVING CREATURE IN THIS SITUATION – HOPE YOU EARN THE RESULT AS YOU DESERVES!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    MONSTERS should not have the right to live together with normal humans.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS !

    WE ARE NOT WILLING TO CARRY THE WEIGHT OF WORST CONDITIONS LEFT TO FUTUREGENERATIONS WHICH YOU ARE CREATING!

    THESE KILLING- AND DESTROYING-HABITS ARE TO STOP – UNBEARABLY FOR CIVILIZED BRAINHAVING SOCIETIES AND NOT EXEMPLARY FOR CHILDREN.

    DEFORMED MONSTERS SHOULD BE LOCKED AWAY FROM CIVILIZED CITIZENS. THEY DISTURB FEELINGS IN A NONHUMANE WAY!

    People need to vote unacting authorities acting irresponsibly to futuregenerations and living creatures out of occupations once and for all!

    ENDLESS GREED FROM ECONOMY & HELPING AUTHORITHIES HAS TO STOP ALL KINDS OF DESTRUCTION TO THE ENVIRONMENT & LIVING CREATURES BY APPLY STRONGEST JUSTICE TO THE RESPONSIBLES.

    DEMAND ALL INITIATORS ACTING IRRESPONSIBLY TO PAY REDEMPTION TO FUTUREGENERATIONS!

    “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own governments to save the environment.”
    - Ansel Adams, photographer.

  2. Irma Valdivia Clavelo says:

    Debemos encontrar una manera de haerle comprender a las personas que matan animales, que es igual matar un perro que matar un hombre que los dos sienten el mismo dolor, el mismo miedo, que los dos fueron hechos por el mismo creador.

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