Are you part of the trade in wildlife? No? Think again.
Like it or not, we have all played a role in the trade in wildlife. From the wood our furniture is made from, to the orchids on our windowsill, the pieces of coral on our mantelpiece, or even the live fish in our aquaria, wildlife trade is all around us.
We don’t want wildlife to be traded as mere objects, but if there is going to be trade, we want to make sure it is done right. We want the most threatened species in the world to be fully protected against it. And we want to ensure that no animals suffer as a result.
In August, delegates from all over the world will be attending a big meeting in Geneva to make decisions about the wildlife trade. We will be there too. Decisions will be made on whether many species of wild animals and plants should be protected; whether current rules for elephants, rhinos, lions and great apes should be tightened or relaxed; and how international rules on wildlife trade should work – even the trade in woolly mammoth ivory is up for discussion!
Governments from all over the world will be sending officials to attend – including the UK. They’ll be using taxpayers money to do this – British government officials will vote in your name. So, we need to make sure they are making the right choices for wildlife. Help us make sure this happens by sending an email to the Secretary of State for the Environment asking them to make sure the UK gives wildlife the greatest protection possible.
Send a letter to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, urging them to give wildlife the greatest protection possible against trade at a global meeting set to take place in August.
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