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Wildlife Conservation Day 2012

03 December 2012

This video was produced by the Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs in December 2012. It features Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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[Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton:]
December 4th, 2012, will be the first-ever Wildlife Conservation Day.

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Our goal is to inform more people about this global conservation
crisis.
[TEXT: A Rhinoceros Is Killed
Every 13 Hours for Its Horn]

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Attacks on rhinos and elephants are multiplying at an alarming
rate.
[TEXT: In 2011
25,000 Elephants Killed for Ivory]

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Species around the globe such as tigers in Asia are endangered.
[TEXT: 100 Years Ago
100,000 Wild Tigers Roamed]

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By some estimates, the black market for wildlife trafficking
[TEXT: Today Less Than 3200 Exist]

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is rivaled in size only by the illegal arms and drug
trade.
[TEXT: Illicit Animal Trade
Estimated at $7-$10
Billion each year]

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The slaughter of endangered species robs communities of income from
tourism,

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reduces biodiversity, encourages corruption, undermines good
governance.

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That's why we are training officials and educating prosecutors about
wildlife crimes

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and helping countries strengthen their enforcement laws.

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But we can’t do this without you.

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Please, join us. Become part of the solution.

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You have the choice to refuse to purchase products made from
endangered wildlife.
[TEXT: Don't Buy Products Made from Wildlife]

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Together we can save these animals before it is too late.

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Stand up and speak out, and stop this trade.

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Visit the website www.wildlifepledge.org.
[TEXT: Respect and Protect Our Planet's Wildlife. Take the Pledge.
www.wildlifepledge.org]

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Take the pledge to respect and protect the world’s wildlife.

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[TEXT: www.wildlifepledge.org
Still Images © AP Images
Footage Courtesy of Conservation International and CITES

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[TEXT: Produced by the U.S. Department of State]