I am honored to be on the panel with US Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli, Kenyan Wildlife Conservationist and CEO of Wildlife Direct Dr. Paula Kahumbu, and Hong Haong, Executive Director for CHANGE, a Vietnam-based non-profit, moderated by WildAid Executive Director Peter Knights.
From poaching of African wildlife to trafficking their body parts to rising demand in Asia, we will no doubt discuss what urgent measures are needed to combat every link on this criminal trade chain.
Killing elephants and rhinos for the trade of their parts has reached epidemic proportions. The bloody trail leads to Asia, where the demand for elephant ivory and rhino horn have sky-rocketed, propelled by fast-growing economies, escalation in consuming power and the availability and accessibility of parts and products from endangered species on the marketplaces.
Investigations of ivory markets in China shows that legal ivory trade confuses consumers, removes stigma about ivory consumption, provides cover for ivory smuggling and illegal trade, hinders law enforcement and stimulates poaching of elephants in Africa.