After the London Declaration was signed by 41 countries to put an end to wildlife crime, the UK government is putting its money where its mouth is with the allocation of 5 millions pounds to its Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge, which funds conservation projects.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) reported that the UK government is "galvanizing the international community in its fight against wildlife crime." Ministers, politicians and lawmakers are all on board to protect elephants, rhinos and tigers from being poached and sold in the illegal wildlife trade.
The UK government is also delivering on its promise to fund the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) through March 2016, according to IFAW.
While the UK's fight against wildlife crime remains strong, the IFAW is pressuring the government to update their law that protects endangered species from illegal wildlife trade. The organization is also demanding that the UK follow through with a promise that was signed in the UK Commitment to Action on Illegal Wildlife Trade and include wildlife crime as part of Serious and Organized Crime Strategy.
Will the UK be a success story through their demonstration of conservative measures that will inspire other nations to do the same?
Check out IFAW's efforts to combat wildlife trade on our campaign page.