Endangered animals action needed – MP

A CALL for action to protect endangered animals has been made by Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert.

Mr Herbert opened a House of Commons debate last Thursday and pointed out international wildlife crime ‘is now the third most lucrative criminal activity after narcotics and human trafficking, with a staggering $19bn a year’.

The poaching of endangered species for parts such as horns and tusks had a devastating impact on communities as well as the animals. “The impact of poaching can be as damaging to fragile communities as disease,” he said.

He also reminded MPs the blood ivory trade was funding some of the world’s most serious criminal activity.

The Commons debate came ahead of the London conference on illegal wildlife trade this week. Mr Herbert was at a reception for delegates yesterday where the Duke of Cambridge spoke.