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Stamping out wildlife crime

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Illegal wildlife trade ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities, behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking. Criminals are attracted to wildlife trafficking for the huge profits, which are often used to fund rebel and militia groups who slaughter threatened species to obtain elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and other wildlife parts.

In addition to the growing demand for wildlife products, other factors contributing to the proliferation of the illegal wildlife trade are inadequate regulations, lack of enforcement, online marketplaces and the legal wildlife trade.

Meg Munn MP recently attended an event entitled ‘Criminal Nature’ organized by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and pledged support to their campaign against wildlife crime.

Meg commented:

“I was shocked to hear about the current scale of illegal wildlife trade and its impact on threatened species of animals. I am proud to support IFAW’s campaign against wildlife crime and I hope my constituents will get behind the campaign as well.”

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said:

“The impact of the illegal trade in wildlife is very grave and we are witnessing iconic species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos being brought to the brink of extinction. We thank Meg for her commitment to stamping out wildlife crime.

As well as urging the UK Government to take a lead internationally, IFAW is calling on them to commit to the long-term funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has specially trained prosecutors handling all wildlife crime cases.”

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