Critical conference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime


Hugh Paxton’s Blog is fairly sure nobody will read this. I did but only twice. Hot air, fat politicians, first class flights declarations. Bulky African bellies to the bar. Bullshine! These people are going through the motions and they call this a critical conference! And the organisers call me a media professional. Ridiculous! I have never been professional in my life! And they have the nerve to address me as Dear. Dear!

Gimme a kiss darling! You jerks!

Global momentum to curb wildlife crime! Where is it? Where is this global momentum?

Tell this momentum to the thousands of pangolins heading north daily to the cauldrons of China.

These pompous gits are not in the least bit interested. It is black African corrupt incompetent leaders on a fat freeby reading a speech written for them by a Danish intern, World Bank copying ideas from my wife, bland well meaning fools “I love black people because I am afraid of them and they are … and minorities and colonialism is to blame ” from liberal democracies, and a few NGOs paying their own air fares and weeping in private.

Give me another break!

Enough yak!

My point is this,

We are in an era of talk , trembling and PC cowardice. These twerps in The Critical Conference don’t know where they are. Critical for them is they have problems with their hotel facilities. The water is not hot, I’m a Vegan, the bed is not in the right place, I’m very busy right now, yes I’ll take a herbal tea – green, no sugar, I said no sugar!!!

It doesn’t work for me! These government people have no passion, no interest, they are just pretending and it makes me feel bored.

Get off your fat arses folks and sort these things out!

This is no triumph! It is a waste of time and resources.

Hugh being critical!


From: Richard Thomas []
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To: Richard Thomas
Subject: Critical conference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime

Dear media professional,

Please find below a joint media release on behalf of TRAFFIC and WWF concerning the Kasane Statement on illegal wildlife trade, issued today by represenatives of 31 government representatives meeting in Botswana. I trust you find this information of interest.

Best regards Richard

Critical conference maintains global momentum to curb wildlife crime

Kasane, Botswana 25 March, 2015 – Heads of State, ministers and officials from 31 governments meeting today in Kasane reaffirmed their determination to scale up their response to the global poaching crisis, and adopted crucial new measures to help tackle the unprecedented surge in illegal wildlife trade.

During the one-day meeting, governments reported on their progress since the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in February last year, when 41 countries and the EU agreed to take urgent and decisive action to combat wildlife crime, which threatens national security and sustainable development as well as populations of iconic species, such as elephants, rhinos and tigers.

Key successes in the past year include increased levels of law enforcement action, especially in Africa, which have led to a rise in ivory seizures, while some countries have started to improve their domestic wildlife-related legislation. Last month, 13 tiger range countries in Asia committed to a zero poaching framework and toolkit, which could be used as a blueprint for curbing poaching worldwide.

“World governments demonstrated here in Kasane how they are turning the commitments in the London Declaration into tangible actions on the ground and strengthening their resolve to see the job through,” said Steven Broad, Executive Director of TRAFFIC.

The Kasane Statement builds upon the commitments in the London Declaration to eradicate the market for wildlife products, ensure effective legal frameworks and deterrents against wildlife crime, strengthen law enforcement, and support sustainable livelihoods.

Countries adopted a number of additional measures, including focusing on tackling money laundering and other financial aspects of wildlife crime.

“The commitment to follow the money is a huge, innovative step that provides a mechanism to bring down the trafficking kingpins by hitting them where it hurts – in their pockets. It should also help to stamp out the corruption that so often undermines enforcement actions,” said Broad.

The Statement calls for the engagement of relevant community groups and the appropriate retention of benefits from wildlife resources by local people. Participants also agreed to engage further with the private sector, including logistics and transport companies, which are uniquely placed to stem the flow of illicit wildlife products but often find themselves an inadvertent vector for wildlife trafficking.

At the consumer end of the trade chain, extra impetus will be injected into understanding the motivations and behaviour of users of illegal wildlife products.

“Wildlife criminals have been reaping big profits for very little risk for too many years but the commitments agreed to in London and now Kasane could change the game by drastically increasing the risks for traffickers while also reducing their rewards,” said Carlos Drews, WWF Director Global Species Programme. “The Kasane Statement also provides important backing for an ambitious United Nations General Assembly resolution on wildlife crime, which would raise the stakes even higher and encourage a more concerted global drive against transnational organized crime.”

A strong UNGA resolution would be the ideal mechanism to monitor and report on the implementation of the commitments made in London and Kasane, which will be vital to the long-term success of global efforts to reduce the illegal wildlife trade.

“It’s a year since London and while the tide is slowly turning against wildlife criminals, more effort is urgently needed because poaching levels are still far too high,” said Drews. “Important progress has been made but the war against illegal wildlife trade will only be won if governments continue scaling up their efforts and working together to turn these commitments into concrete results.”

Notes to editors:

London Declaration on the Illegal Wildlife Trade: Review of Progress: The report is available on the UK government website:

The following 31 countries participated at the Kasane Conference: Angola, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, France, Gabon, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Netherlands, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, UAE, Uganda, UK, USA, Vietnam, Zambia and Zimbabwe

For more information and interviews with WWF and TRAFFIC delegation in Kasane, please contact:

Richard Lee, WWF, Communications Specialist, Wildlife Crime Initiative; Tel: +41 79 691 4018; rlee

Richard Thomas, TRAFFIC, Global Communications Co-ordinator. Tel. +44 1223 651782, Mob +44 (0) 752 6646216, Richard.thomas

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