Urgent Action: World leaders must recognize tribal peoples’ right to huntTuesday 24 March 2015
Around the world, tribal peoples are being accused of “poaching” because they hunt their food. This violates their rights under international law and leaves them vulnerable to arrest and beatings, torture and death.
They are better at looking after their environment than anyone else, and yet are often the target of “anti-poaching” drives while the main causes of biodiversity loss, like logging and organized poaching networks, go unaddressed.
On March 25, representatives of countries from around the world will meet at a follow-up conference in Botswana on the illegal wildlife trade. Last year no mention was made of the fact that tribal people hunting on their lands to feed their families are not “poachers.”
Please write to the US, UK and EU representatives and the Director General of WWF and ask them to ensure that tribal peoples are not caught in the firing line in the struggle against the illegal wildlife trade.
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I understand that you or your colleagues will attend the conference on the illegal wildlife trade in Kasane, Botswana on 25 March.
I write to you about the urgent situation of tribal peoples who hunt to feed their families, but who are frequently and wrongly criminalized as “poachers” by governments and conservation organizations. This violates their right to hunt for a livelihood, which is recognized under international law. Many are harassed, beaten and even tortured by anti-poaching squads when they exercise this right.
I urge you to ask the conference to explicitly recognize in its final statement that tribal peoples have the right to hunt for a livelihood.
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