Urgent email

Urge United for Wildlife not to ignore tribal peoples

In January 2014, Prince William launched an initiative known as United for Wildlife. The world’s largest conservation organizations have joined forces in a call to arms to tackle the illegal wildlife trade.

However, United for Wildlife has not recognized that in many countries, subsistence hunting by tribal peoples is considered illegal.

Tribal peoples are prevented from hunting to feed their families in “conservation zones” set up on their ancestral homelands, which they have been dependent on, and managed, for millennia.

In Botswana, Bushmen are accused of “poaching” because they hunt their food. They face arrest and beatings, torture and death, while fee-paying big game hunters are encouraged.

Please write to United for Wildlife asking it to publicly recognize tribal peoples’ rights, to ensure these abuses are stopped.

To: Mr Nicholas Booth

Target email addresses:[email protected]

Dear Mr Booth,

I’m extremely concerned that United for Wildlife has not considered the rights of tribal peoples in its anti-poaching campaign.

If United for Wildlife does not recognize these rights, there is a real risk that programs intended to tackle the illegal wildlife trade may instead target tribal people who depend on subsistence hunting for their survival.

In many cases, governments fail to distinguish between poaching and subsistence hunting carried out by tribal peoples. An oversight like this goes against international law and puts the lives of tribal peoples in extreme danger.

In Botswana, scores of Bushmen have been beaten, harassed, tortured or intimidated by wildlife scouts and paramilitary police. Many have been so afraid of hunting to feed their families, that they have been forced to abandon their ancestral homelands.

I urge you to ensure that United for Wildlife publicly recognizes tribal peoples' rights and that it actively encourages governments to uphold these rights.

Yours sincerely,