Thursday 13 February 2014

Illegal Wildlife Trade

Here's another Kate in the news. Journalist and BBC newscaster Kate Silverton addressed an evening reception for the Illegal Wildlife Trade conference at the Natural History Museum yesterday. To the right, a photo shows poached elephant tusks being crushed. The World Wildlife Fund estimates that the illegal animal market is worth £12bn ($19bn) a year. That puts it in fourth place behind drugs, arms and people trafficking. So far the leaders of four African nations have pledged to honour a 10-year moratorium on sales of ivory: Botswana, Gabon, Chad and Tanzania. Today, at Lancaster House, Prince Charles and his sons gave a news conference to highlight their concern. The Illegal Wildlife Trade conference has been organised by the British government, but inspired by Prince Charles, who says, "There is not a moment to lose" (CLICK).


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