You heard it first on our Facebook Live with Dr Nelva Bryant on April 14, 2023 when we had Juan DeVarez, Delta Air Lines Program Manager in Business Development for Live Animals, announce the partnership created between Delta Air Lines Cargo and Prince William's United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce.
"Delta Cargo believes that global airlines play a significant role in disrupting the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade and we are committed to doing our part. We are happy to announce that we have signed the Buckingham Palace Declaration and joined United for Wildlife's Transport Taskforce. As a member of the Transport Taskforce, Delta Cargo will implement 11 commitments to animal welfare and conservation, including adopting a zero-tolerance policy regarding illegal wildlife trade and increasing awareness of the nature, scale, and consequences of illegal wildlife trade. Delta Cargo is proud to lead the way in committing to protecting endangered species for generations to come by joining United for Wildlife's Transport Taskforce."What is United for Wildlife, you ask? It is working to end the illegal wildlife trade. United for Wildlife was created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2014 to protect endangered species from the illegal wildlife trade. Our mission is to foster cross-sector collaboration to make it impossible for traffickers to transport, finance, or profit from illegal wildlife products.
What is United for Wildlife, you ask? It is working to end the illegal wildlife trade. United for Wildlife was created by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2014 to protect endangered species from the illegal wildlife trade. Our mission is to foster cross-sector collaboration to make it impossible for traffickers to transport, finance, or profit from illegal wildlife products.
How is Delta Air Lines helping? They are the newest members of the Transport Taskforce. The Transport Taskforce convenes airlines, ports, shipping companies, freight organizations and logistics firms, to prevent illegal wildlife products from being successfully trafficked across borders. Criminal gangs that facilitate wildlife trafficking will typically use commercial transport infrastructures to move products from source to destination countries.
To tackle this, United Wildlife has united companies across the transport sector to raise awareness of criminal activity, identify the sector's exposure, and find solutions to stop the illegal wildlife trade.
The United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce brings together global transport and freight industry experts including airports, shipping companies, and airlines with law enforcement and other agencies to identify and facilitate action led by the private sector.
Its founding members came together in 2016 to sign a set of commitments, which became known as the Buckingham Palace Declaration. The Declaration lays out 11 commitments, including taking a zero-tolerance pledge to the illegal wildlife trade, enhancing data systems and innovation, and improving information sharing across the transport sector.
The Taskforce membership is constantly growing, which is testament to the power of United for Wildlife's unique partnership approach.
Our partners have helped Microsoft explore pioneering new scanning technology, which has the potential to greatly increase detections of wildlife products in cargo.
They have also worked with WWF and TRAFFIC to create new guidelines, adopted by the International Maritime Organization and endorsed by the UN, for the 'Prevention and Suppression of the Smuggling of Wildlife on Ships Engaged in International Maritime Traffic.'Read the Buckingham Palace Declaration in full here. To learn more about United for Wildlife, visit their website, unitedforwildlife.org and social media, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter- @United For Wildlife.