AMBASSADORS TO MALAWI JOIN STOP WILDLIFE CRIME CAMPAIGN

SWC_tiles_WWD_WEBIn commemoration of World Wildlife Day 2016, H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, and 14 Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls have pledged their support for the Stop Wildlife Crime campaign, which is a joint initiative between the Government of Malawi and the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust. They have joined together to tell all residents citizens and visitors to the Warm Heart of Africa to:

  • Say no to ivory: At current rates of poaching to satisfy the demand for ivory, elephants could go extinct.
  • Know the law: it is illegal to buy, sell or possess ivory without a licence. It can lead to prosecution, including custodial sentences.
  • Report any suspicious activity: call 088 44 888 999 or 01759 833, or the new toll-free hotline, 5152.
  • Spread the word: talk to friends and family about the impacts of wildlife crime and the law
  • You can read an article published in the Daily Times today here, or hear what the UN has to say about the campaign here. The pledge film will be released in April, so watch this space! In the meantime, click on the photos below to hear what they have to say.

Don't Buy Ivory

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Don't Buy Ivory

Don't Buy Ivory

H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika

President of Malawi

To all Malawians, and all visitors to the Warm Heart of Africa, I implore you to help protect Malawi’s wildlife, our natural heritage, and stop wildlife crime. Say no to ivory. Thank you for your support.

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H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika

H.E. Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika

President of Malawi

H.E. Michael Nevin

British High Commissioner

We, the Ambassadors, High Commissioners and Honorary Consuls in Malawi, stand here today, representing our nations in support of Malawi’s campaign to Stop Wildlife Crime.

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H.E. Michael Nevin

H.E. Michael Nevin

British High Commissioner

H.E. Zhang Qingyang

Chinese Ambassador

Be careful when buying any carvings or accessories including bracelets and other ornaments that they don’t contain ivory.

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H.E. Zhang Qingyang

H.E. Zhang Qingyang

Chinese Ambassador

H.E. Saome M Mwanshiku

Zambian High Commissioner

Here in Malawi, elephant numbers have more than halved since the 1980’s. At current rates of poaching, elephants could well disappear forever.

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H.E. Saome M Mwanshiku

H.E. Saome M Mwanshiku

Zambian High Commissioner

Report Suspicious Activity

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Report Suspicious Activity

Report Suspicious Activity

H.E. Dr. Peter Woeste

German Ambassador

Illegal wildlife trade is the 4th largest transnational crime in the world, and it increasingly involves organised crime syndicates.

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H.E. Dr. Peter Woeste

H.E. Dr. Peter Woeste

German Ambassador

Spread The Word

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Spread The Word

Spread The Word

H.E. Virginia Palmer

American Ambassador

Without elephants, a whole ecosystem will collapse which in turn will impact factors like human health and agriculture.

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H.E. Virginia Palmer

H.E. Virginia Palmer

American Ambassador

Wilbroad Kayombo

Tanzanian Minister Counsellor

We all have a duty to keep friends and family informed, report any suspicious activity and avoid buying wildlife products.

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Wilbroad Kayombo

Wilbroad Kayombo

Tanzanian Minister Counsellor

Stop Poaching

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Stop Poaching

Stop Poaching

Yung-Duk Cho

Korean Assistant Consul

Without elephants, the opportunity for economic growth in Malawi through tourism will be lost.

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Yung-Duk Cho

Yung-Duk Cho

Korean Assistant Consul

Stop Trafficking

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Stop Trafficking

Stop Trafficking

H.E. C E N Mbuyane-Mokone

South African High Commissioner

It severely impacts biodiversity and people’s livelihoods; national security, social and economic development.

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H.E. C E N Mbuyane-Mokone

H.E. C E N Mbuyane-Mokone

South African High Commissioner

H.E. Áine Hearns

Irish Ambassador

With these stakes, if we can’t save Africa’s most iconic species, then what hope do we have for the rest of our wildlife?

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H.E. Áine Hearns

H.E. Áine Hearns

Irish Ambassador

H.E. Vanlalhuma

Indian High Commissioner

An estimated 20,000 elephants are killed for their ivory every year worldwide.  That’s 54 killed every single day.

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H.E. Vanlalhuma

H.E. Vanlalhuma

Indian High Commissioner

H.E. Kikkan Haugen

Norwegian Ambassador

They suffer slow and painful deaths from poacher’s snares or gunshot wounds. And if baby elephants lose their parents, they can die too.

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H.E. Kikkan Haugen

H.E. Kikkan Haugen

Norwegian Ambassador

Stop The Ivory Trade

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Stop The Ivory Trade

Stop The Ivory Trade

H.E. Maher ElAdawy

Egyptian Ambassador

Together we’re sending this important message to all visitors and expatriates in Malawi.

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H.E. Maher ElAdawy

H.E. Maher ElAdawy

Egyptian Ambassador

Stop Wildlife Crime

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Stop Wildlife Crime

Stop Wildlife Crime

Maria Soriano-Giannakis

Spanish Honorary Consul

For no other purpose than to have their tusks carved into jewellery and ornaments which we don’t really need.

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Maria Soriano-Giannakis

Maria Soriano-Giannakis

Spanish Honorary Consul

H.E. Gustavo Nogueira

Brazilian Ambassador

That it is illegal to buy, sell or possess ivory in Malawi and that any form of wildlife crime will not be tolerated.

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H.E. Gustavo Nogueira

H.E. Gustavo Nogueira

Brazilian Ambassador

Stop Wildlife Crime

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Stop Wildlife Crime

Stop Wildlife Crime

H.E. Shuichiro Nishioka

Japanese Ambassador

And it threatens some of the world’s most iconic species with extinction such as elephants.

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H.E. Shuichiro Nishioka

H.E. Shuichiro Nishioka

Japanese Ambassador