BACKGROUND: “You don’t need superpowers to be a hero. Stop Wildlife Crime!” is the message that Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 and WWF supporter, delivered to delegates from over 170 countries attending the opening day of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) taking place in Bangkok on Sunday, March 3, 2013.
Costumed as the iconic Wonder Woman, Glebova was accompanied by Carlos Drews, WWF’s Head of Delegation to CITES, and Thai children dressed as elephants and tigers to encourage participants—and Thai Prime Minister Shinawatra—at this critical meeting on wildlife trade to take strong action to stop wildlife crime.
Natalie Glebova, Miss Universe 2005 and WWF Supporter
“It breaks my heart to know that wild elephants are killed every single day to meet the demand of useless trinkets in ivory shops around the world. This demand fuels organized crime motivated by the millions of dollars of profit made through these senseless killings. It is a sad fact that if we don’t do something to create change now, future generations will not be as lucky as us to see and know these majestic creatures. We must stop wildlife crime.
“I’d like to urge CITES delegates today to take strong action against countries failing to live up to their commitments. I would like to see Thailand play a leadership role by banning ivory trade. And I’d like to ask consumers to say no to blood ivory and spread this message of awareness to others, like I’m doing now.
“As you can see, superhero or not, we all have a role to play in keeping our planet alive, and the time is NOW and the place is HERE. You don’t need superpowers to do the right thing. YOU can stop wildlife crime!”
Credits: © WWF