United Against Wildlife Crime: A Global Forum
Last week, I experienced a remarkable moment as the Chairman of SAVSIM CIC. I was honoured to receive an invitation and participate in an extraordinary forum. This event was meticulously organised by Grant Miller MBE, a stalwart in Law Enforcement at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The primary objective of this gathering was to assemble a group of dedicated individuals and organisations, all committed to a single, critical mission – preventing wildlife crime on a global scale.
The forum brought together a diverse and powerful collective from various sectors. Representatives from the Metropolitan Police, UK Border Force, National Criminal Agency, and The British Army were present, demonstrating the serious attention this issue commands across different societal structures. The forum also included several partner NGOs such as PANTHERA, Chengeta Wildlife, and Universal Ranger Support Alliance, organisations that have been instrumental in wildlife protection efforts worldwide.
Throughout the day, the discussions spanned a wide array of topics, reflecting the multifaceted nature of our mission. We deliberated on aspects ranging from ranger training and mental health to logistics and crime scene investigation. We also tackled cross-border jurisdictions and explored potential avenues for funding programs. Each dialogue, each shared idea, was a testament to the collective commitment towards our common goal.
Personally, it was an enriching experience to be in a room filled with like-minded individuals, all passionately working towards the same objectives. This shared mission statement forms the cornerstone of SAVSIM CIC's ethos. Being a part of this forum underscored the importance of the work we do and served as a reminder of the urgent need to prevent wildlife crime.
In conclusion, this forum was not just a meeting of minds but also a union of resolve and dedication. It was a vivid demonstration of what we can achieve when we stand united against wildlife crime. Our shared ambition is not just to prevent wildlife crime, but to create a world where wildlife can thrive, free from the threat of human exploitation.
As we continue our fight against wildlife crime, events like these fuel our determination and strengthen our resolve. Here's to more such forums that foster collaboration, inspire action, and bring us closer to our shared goal.
On behalf of the animals, we protect and the veterans we support.