By Anshul Srivastava
David Cameroon, the Prime Minister of Britain, will host the global summit of the highest level pertaining to fighting the illegal wildlife trade in London. This summit is going to be held next February. 50 heads of state are invited in this summit. It aims to tackle the illegal trade worth $19 million per year of the endangered animals such as rhinos and elephants. There will be delivered an unprecedented political commitment along with an action plan and the enlistment of the resources. The Duke of Cambridge, the prince of Wales and his son, who have previously highlighted the well-built link between the wildlife poaching, threats to national security and international criminal syndicates and terrorism, is also going to attend this summit. Prince Charles stated in May that we face one of the most serious challenges to wildlife continually and we all must treat it as a combat as it is precisely that.
Rhino horn and elephant ivory have more value than gold or diamond traded illegally. The profits earned from this illegal trade have been used by the mutineer groups of the countries in the African continent, such as the Lords Resistance Army in Democratic Republic of Congo and Al- Shabaab in Somalia. Heads of the state from various African nations are likely to attend the summit and the nations where these illegal products are sold, including Vietnam and China, will be represented. However, the level of representation is not finalized yet. Environment Secretary Owen Peterson and Foreign Secretary William Hague will chair the summit. In September, Mr. William Hague said that this illegal trade is absolutely shocking and this problem has an effect on all the people. Mr. Owen Paterson went to Kenya this month and saw the elephants that were killed by the poachers. He along with Mr. Cameroon will go to China in the coming month.
In Asia, there is a lot of value given by the rapidly expanding middle classes to the rhino, elephant and tiger products as status symbols. This demand has increased the level of wildlife poaching in the recent years. In South Africa, there were 13 rhinos killed in the year 2007, but the tally is 860 in 2013. For the ivory seizures, 2012 was the worst year as the tusks of 30,000 elephants were confiscated. More....