African Religious Leaders Gather for Wildlife

Interesting news released today from Kenya that WWF (World Wildlife Fund) and ARC (The Alliance of Religions and Conservation) are launching a new partnership with faith leaders from across Africa to unite against the illegal wildlife trade.

If African leaders can find a way to reach across the Indian Ocean to religious leaders in Asia (and the West) they may have something. When it comes to ivory, it appears to be religious consumers who are having the most direct impact.

I find these lines especially heartening from WWF’s Dekila Chungyalpa: “Having religious leaders from all major faiths come together to call for the protection of wildlife on religious grounds and urge their congregations to view the slaughter of elephants and rhinos in Africa as a serious crime may turn the tide of the disaster we face today.”

 

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