Britain gives £6m to help prevent elephant poaching
BRITAIN will provide an additional £6million to counter the poaching trade threatening some of the world’s most endangered species.
Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, said the funding would support projects that protect at-risk wildlife while creating sustainable livelihoods for the vulnerable human communities around them.
Officials said that the species that stood to benefit from the UK support included elephants, rhinos and pangolins.
Ms Mordaunt said: “The illegal wildlife trade threatens to make some of the planet’s most extraordinary species extinct. It also destroys the livelihoods of some of the world’s poorest people, robbing communities of the great economic benefits of wildlife, including tourism. UK aid is giving fresh life to projects, whose aim is to protect these species and secure the futures of communities.
“This is a win for those communities and a win for animal lovers across the world. None of us want to see these majestic animals dying out.”