The Duke of Cambridge has unveiled a new declaration that will tackle illegal wildlife trade.

A life-sized elephant normally found roaming the plains of Africa, appeared in St Paul’s on Monday, Abbey Road crossing on Tuesday.

The elephant has popped up next to WWF’s “animal crossings” enabling the public to literally stop ‘traffick’ with a series of pedestrian crossings redesigned with the prints of some of the world’s most endangered species, including tigers, marine turtles, snow leopards and macaws, these will be appearing up and down the country, starting in London.

Meanwhile, the Duke of Cambridge is working with financial organisations to try and do their bit.

The WWF say it’s time to address the elephant in the road. 

A declaration including commitments to sharing resources and intelligence in a bid to disrupt the illegal income generated by poached animal products such as elephant tusks, rhino horn and pangolin scales.

The Financial Taskforce is being convened by His Royal Highness and will be chaired by Lord Hague of Richmond.

The Mansion House Declaration outlines six commitments:

1. Increasing awareness of how the financial industry can combat IWT

2. Providing training to identify and investigate suspicious activity

3. Providing intelligence to regulatory bodies and law enforcement agencies

4. Reviewing intelligence alerts received through the Taskforce and taking appropriate actions

5. Considering additional actions such as policy amendments

6. Supporting and promoting the work of the Taskforce and external supporting mechanisms


Prince William has long been a supporter of wildlife.

Since the announcement of the Transportation Taskforce, more than 100 transport bodies have signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration to combat illegal wildlife trade within the transportation sector.

Lord Hague of Richmond, Chair of the Taskforce, said: “The illegal wildlife trade has grown substantially in recent years, despite considerable international efforts, and poaching rates for many species are still increasing to feed the growing criminal demand.

“Traffickers are brazenly exploiting global financial systems to move the proceeds of their crimes, remaining under the radar of investigation and law enforcement. Financial institutions can, therefore, play a crucial role in disrupting such criminal activities and ending the illegal wildlife trade.

David Fein, Group General Counsel at Standard Chartered and Vice-Chair of the Taskforce said: “By following the money, financial institutions can help map the criminal networks and provide law enforcement with vital intelligence to support their investigations and prosecutions.

“We want to take the fight to the traffickers, by using the tools and experience the financial sector has learned from combatting other devastating crimes, such as human trafficking and terrorist financing.”

The illegal wildlife trade is organised crime on a global scale, estimated to be worth up to $23 billion annually, and is linked to money laundering, corruption and extreme violence, as well as the trafficking of drugs and weapons.

Earlier this year, China introduced a ban on ivory trade despite it being a material used in producing key cultural artifacts.

Later today the UK government is hosting an international conference about the illegal wildlife trade on 11 to 12 October 2018. The conference will bring together global leaders to help eradicate illegal wildlife trade and better protect the world’s most iconic species from the threat of extinction.

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