The Born Free Foundation, the international wildlife charity, has warned that we are presiding over a terminal slide to extinction for many of the world's most iconic species.
"It's like we are living in a nightmare" said Will Travers OBE, CEO Born Free Foundation "The images we see in wildlife documentaries can lull us all too often into a false sense of security. We are led to believe that the natural world is holding its own. In fact, it is being beaten to a bloody pulp."
"The situation is now so bad, the poaching and slaughter of wildlife now so inextricably linked to international organised crime syndicates, that without a dramatic step-change in our efforts and without the resources for effective species conservation, we shall, in my view, end up with a handful of ‘wildlife fortresses' - heavily guarded National Reserves and Parks, protected by garrisons of armed rangers and wardens - and that's it." Travers continued.
Recent announcements by former US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, echoed by the UK Environment Minister, Richard Benyon, on his recent trip to Kenya, indicate that criminal operations co-ordinated by terrorist organisations such as al-Shabab , Boko Haram and the Lord's Resistance Army, are intimately connected with wildlife crime, the proceeds of which fuels their efforts to plunder and terrorise. More....