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- Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is a vocal opponent of wildlife trafficking. Watch the video above or read his impassioned speech to the World Bank here. What is wildlife trafficking?
- Prince William has announced the formation of a royal task force to work with the international transportation industry to examine its role in wildlife trafficking. What parts of the transportation industry do you think may work with the royal task force?
- airlines: Traffickers may smuggle animals or their products in luggage or even on their bodies. Read about “6 Bizarre Animal Smuggling Busts” here. (Ah, the old slow-loris-in-the-underwear trick.)
- shipping: Traffickers may smuggle animals or their products in cargo containers. Read about how 359 elephant tusks were found smuggled in ship containers.
- vehicle traffic: Traffickers may transport animals or their products in trucks, cars, or even motorcycles. Watch our short video “Trafficking Poached Ivory” for information on how poachers get their illicit goods to market using:
- canoes (!)
- cars and trucks
- What are some animals that suffer from wildlife trafficking? This blog post about wildlife trafficking might give you some ideas.
- In the Nat Geo News article, John Heminway, director of “Battle for the Elephants,” says Prince William is right to focus his trafficking efforts on the trade with East Asia, saying “[T]here’s only one way to stop this: to get the Chinese to stop.” Stop what? Why focus on China?
- China is the biggest market for goods made from trafficked animals, mostly ivory. Reducing the demand from and supply to China would radically reduce the market for trafficked wildlife and wildlife products. Read more about the complex economics of the ivory trade here.
Nat Geo: Battle for the Elephants Education
Nat Geo: 6 Bizarre Animal Smuggling Busts