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Wildlife on the Edge
Born Free USA Asks:
‘Will World Leaders Push Iconic Species to Brink of Extinction or Hand Them a Lifeline at U.N. Wildlife Convention?’
Adam Roberts, executive vice president of Born Free USA, a leader in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, and a board member of Species Survival Network (SSN), warned today, “We are presiding over a slide toward extinction for many of the world’s most iconic species.” Roberts, along with members of the Born Free international team and SSN, will attend the 16th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) March 3 to 14 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Born Free is calling on the 177 member countries that are signatories to CITES to urgently put in place effective measures to prevent the further loss of several keystone species. Born Free also urges the international community to dig deep and find the essential resources necessary to shatter the organized crime syndicates that are behind today’s poaching epidemic and equip the men and women who regularly lose their lives on the conservation frontline.
According to Roberts, "This is a tragic state of affairs. We are witnessing the decimation of some of the world’s most beautiful creatures and it must stop. The public is led to believe that the natural world is holding its own, and that is far from the truth. For some species, the question is not whether they will go extinct in the wild in my daughter’s lifetime, but in mine.”
Will Travers, the chief executive officer of Born Free and president of SNN, adds:
"The situation is now so bad, the poaching and slaughter of wildlife now so inextricably
linked to international organized crime syndicates, that without a dramatic step-
Recent announcements by former U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, echoed by
U.K. Environment Minister Richard Benyon, on his recent trip to Kenya, indicate that
criminal operations coordinated by terrorist organizations such as al-
“The resources and the forces we have at our disposal to resist the tide of poaching
are simply not enough,” said Travers. “Until the international community recognizes
the need to meet this threat head-
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