Wildlife crime is big business! Every year millions of animals are taken from the wild and sold around the world by dangerous international networks! Wildlife…
Wildlife crime is big business! Every year millions of animals are taken from the wild and sold around the world by dangerous international networks! Wildlife and animal parts are trafficked much like illegal drugs and arms. By its very nature, it is almost impossible to obtain reliable figures for the value of the illegal wildlife trade. Some examples are well known, such as poaching of elephants for ivory and tigers for their skins and bones. However, countless other species are similarly overexploited, from tortoises to botanicals. Increasing numbers are sold online for the Exotic Pet Trade, where species are often misidentified or described as captive bred, even if their true origin is wild. Wildlife trade escalates into a crisis when an increasing proportion is illegal and unsustainable—directly threatening the survival of many species in the wild.
To better address the challenges posed by the international wildlife trade, better global regulatory systems are necessary. While the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) addresses the trade in endangered species, gaps in legislation, law enforcement and criminal justice systems present serious issues at country level.
Wildlife & Nature Protection Society has, as part of its monthly lecture series will address the role of international conventions, domestic conservation impacts and the need for vigilant enforcement networks.
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