World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


World Wildlife Day

World Wildlife Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
March 3, 2014

The United States is a country with a deep and abiding conservationist tradition. We rallied to the defense of our bald eagle and the American bison. We have fought to save tuna, salmon, sharks, tigers, whales, and many other endangered species.

But protecting wildlife isn’t just an American value. We – all of us – have a special responsibility to future generations to live out our caretaker responsibilities. That is why we join with the international community to celebrate World Wildlife Day.

How shocking and shameful it would be if we did nothing while majestic species like the wild elephant or the rhino were criminally slaughtered into extinction. How tragic it would be to no longer see the wonder in a child’s eyes when she glimpses a lion or marvels at the size of an elephant or the length of a giraffe’s neck.

Today our shared natural heritage is threatened, and time is not on our side. Sophisticated criminal gangs are decimating majestic animals such as the elephant, rhino, sea turtle, and dozens of other species. The profits from this ugly, criminal enterprise fund groups with links to transnational terrorism and undermine regional and global stability.

The scope and lethality of the poaching industry is great, which makes even greater our obligation to get this right.

That’s why, just last month, President Obama announced his National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking. Nations of the world have joined together to conserve wildlife and end trafficking, and more and more countries have shown their support by destroying their stockpiles of illicit ivory.

Togo sent a strong message to the world last month, when authorities made multiple seizures of illegal ivory, totaling more than four tons.

Just last week, the Prime Minister of Vietnam announced a new national directive to combat the illicit trade in wildlife parts. We know that when the world acts in concert, change happens. And make no mistake: the United States is committed to that change.

World Wildlife Day is more than a day we mark on the calendar. It is a commitment that we must renew every day to preserve our shared natural heritage now and for future generations.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Palestine: Border Police Extremely Close When They Shot The US Activist

New testimony at final hearing in Tristan Anderson's trial indicates Border Police were extremely close when they shot the US activist in the head More>>

Palestine: Ni’lin Demonstrators Met With Violence

International Solidarity Movement On the 20th of March, during Ni’lin’s weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the ‘venom’ tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep ... More>>

ALSO:

UN Envoy Says Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral'

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition. More>>


Continued International Support As Vanuatu Recovers

Damage seen on Saturday 14 March 2015 in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam moved through the Archipelago. Photo: UNICEF Pacific More>>

UNICEF Rushes Emergency Supplies For Cyclone-Affected Tuvalu

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in Tuvalu as part of its efforts to assist communities in the Pacific region that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam, with nutrition and hygiene kits arriving today. More>>

Vanuatu: Regenvanu Expects 50% Of People Struck By Pam To Be Homeless

Vanuatu Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu says more than 50 percent of those hit by super Cyclone Pam at the weekend are now homeless. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news