World Wildlife Day: Looking back on a year of incredible wildlife justice campaigning

Today, the 3rd of March 2020 marks the World Wildlife Day. According to the United Nations, the theme of World Wildlife Day 2020, “Sustaining all life on Earth”, encompasses all wild animal and plant species as a component of biodiversity, as well as the livelihoods of people, especially those who live closest to nature.

The 2020 Commemoration comes as a special day for Advocates4Earth. On the eve of the day, our team appeared before the Parliament of Zimbabwe’s Portfolio Committee on Environment and Tourism to present oral evidence on a petition we submitted concerning Zimbabwe’s elephants and wildlife trade and transparency.

During the hearing, we laid out our concerns ranging from animal welfare, the impact of climate change, suggestions to deal with human-wildlife conflict to the need for accountability by government departments dealing with wildlife conservation. See a video done by 263Chat on part of the hearing here

We have done quite a number of campaigning for wildlife justice since last year’s commemorations.

Just a few weeks after World Wildlife Day 2019 we submitted our petition with the Zimbabwe parliament.

In August 2019, with the support of incredible animal-loving organisations In Southern Africa and beyond, we managed to participate in the 18th Meeting of the Conference of Parties to the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP18) in Geneva, Switzerland. We sent two of our animal lawyers there and they did incredible work. For a video on the activity by the Wildize Foundation, please click here. We are also committed to the inclusion of peoples who live close to nature. It is one of the positions we outlined in Geneva. See the video of our contribution during the CITES CoP18 here.

We also participated in the Elephants in Captivity Indaba held in Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. The indaba was organised by the EMS Foundation. You can watch the video here.

In Zimbabwe, we held a Human-Wildlife Conflict Meeting bringing together traditional leaders, environmentalists and legislators in Matabeleland North province, where the Hwange National Park is situated.

In 2020 we aim to do even more incredible work on wildlife justice.

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