Target: Brigadier Ali Atiq bin Lahej, Director of Airport Security Department at Dubai Police
Goal: Applaud efforts to stop smuggling and illegal trade in wildlife products in the United Arab Emirates
Since the United Arab Emirates is a strategic transit point between the East and the West, it serves as a location where many traffickers attempt to smuggle their illegal trade items. As a result, the Ministry of Environment and Water, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Dubai Police and the Dubai Airports Company decided to launch a campaign that focuses on curbing this menace. It also sends a message that encourages international efforts to stop illegal smuggling.
The trade in wild animal-related items generate profits rumored to exceed the profitability of the drugs and arms trade. Between 2011 and 2013, over 2,300 wildlife related items, including live animals, plants, ivory, leather products and sandalwood, were seized in the UAE. Nearly 1,500 of those wildlife-related items seized were ivory pieces. More than 35,000 elephants are illegally killed for their tusks each year, posing a serious threat to their population. If elephant killings are not stopped, the world’s population of elephants could be extinct in the next 12 years.
The campaign focuses on uniting against traffickers and discouraging illegal trade. By increasing surveillance and maintaining vigilance, the Dubai airport security and police are making it more difficult for illegal wildlife-related items to be smuggled through the country. Sign this petition and support the Ministry of Environment and Water, International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Dubai Police and the Dubai Airports Company for their efforts to stop the menace of illegal trade.
Dear Brigadier Ali Atiq bin Lahej,
I would like to thank you for your combined efforts with the UAE to stop the smuggling of illegal trade items, specifically wildlife-related items. I understand that the trade in wild animal-related items is the most lucrative trade, however, it also poses a threat to many wild animal species, including elephants.
Since nearly 35,000 elephants are needlessly killed each year for their ivory tusks, the entire population may be wiped out in the next 12 years if the killings do not cease immediately. Your combined efforts with the UAE is not only making it more difficult for traffickers to smuggle their illegal trade items, but it is also encouraging international efforts to stop this menace as well. With maintained vigilance and increased surveillance, there may be hope to end the senseless killings of wild animals for trade.
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