Cruise Industry Supports Efforts to Eliminate Trade in Illegal Wildlife

Nov 23, 2015

Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is actively engaged in efforts to reduce or eliminate trade in illegal wildlife.  As a member of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on Transportation and the Illegal Wildlife Trade, CLIA is part of a prominent group of transportation and conservation organizations developing recommendations for how the transport industry can help shut down illegal wildlife trafficking trade routes.

“CLIA is especially honored to share the cruise industry’s perspective on reaching and educating the public, in partnership with our esteemed colleagues on the Transport Taskforce,” said Cindy D’Aoust, CLIA Acting CEO.  “We all share United for Wildlife’s desire to break the chain between suppliers and consumers of illegal wildlife products and create a worldwide atmosphere of zero tolerance for facilitating illegal wildlife trade.”

In announcing the formation of the Taskforce, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and President of United for Wildlife, explained that the Taskforce would “work with the transport industry to develop recommendations for how it can play its part in shutting down wildlife trafficking trade routes; with the sole intention that the implementation of these recommendations will lead to a tangible and significant reduction in the illegal wildlife trade.”

The Taskforce, chaired by The Rt. Hon William Hague MP, former British Foreign Secretary and chair of the London Conference on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, brings together high-level leaders from the transport industry with representatives from conservation organizations. The next meeting will be hosted by the Royal Foundation for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry in London on December 9, 2015. Recommendations and commitments are expected to be forthcoming in the near future.

About United for Wildlife

United for Wildlife was created by The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry. Led by The Duke of Cambridge, the campaign unites the world’s leading wildlife charities under a common purpose: to create a global movement for change. Whilst animals continue to be killed by criminals, whilst whole species are poached to extinction, United for Wildlife will join together to ask one simple question: Whose side are you on?  For more information, visit

About Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) – One Industry, One Voice

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2015, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) is the unified voice and leading authority of the global cruise community. As the largest cruise industry trade association with 15 offices globally, CLIA has representation in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia. CLIA’s mission is to support policies and practices that foster a safe, secure, healthy and sustainable cruise ship environment for the more than 22 million passengers who cruise annually, as well as promote the cruise travel experience. Members are committed to the sustained success of the cruise industry and are comprised of the world’s most prestigious ocean, river and specialty cruise lines; a highly trained and certified travel agent community; and other cruise industry partners, including ports, destinations, ship developers, suppliers, business services and travel operators. For more information, visit,, or follow Cruise Lines International Association on Facebook and Twitter.

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