Dr. Jane Goodall
The trafficking of endangered wildlife is a horrific business. Each year millions of endangered primates, birds, reptiles and fish are captured and slaughtered. Yet, very few outside the conservation community—even within it—realize the magnitude of this tragedy.
It is just too easy, in many parts of the world, to engage in the international trade in wildlife. How much longer can populations remain viable in the face of this relentless exploitation? If something is not done soon, hundreds of species of endangered wild animals will be pushed to the very brink of extinction. Some will become extinct. Change requires the determination and backing of key organizations in the international community. It is desperately important for the developed nations to step in and support wildlife conservation on the ground.
It is also vital to educate those on both sides of the trade, the suppliers and the buyers. Just as the Indonesian bird hunters and traders or those engaged in killing Tibetan antelopes for their fine hair must be taught alternative ways of making a living, so must a child in the U.S. or Europe realize the consequences of buying an exotic bird from Indonesia or a shahtoosh shawl from China. For so long as there is a market, so long as people are prepared to pay high prices for illegal goods, human beings will find ways to continue their business and evade the law.
Wildlife 1 engages the public in reporting and monitoring this terrible trade via a readily accessible medium and disseminates much needed information on the issue so that governments and policy makers will act before it is too late.
Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE
Founder – the Jane Goodall Institute
UN Messenger of Peace