Communication on an EU Strategy to tackle organised crime (2021-2025): the need to include illegal animal trade
As the illegal pet and wildlife trade carries low risks and high profits, it serves either as a diversification of income sources for organised crime groups, or as a main activity. Largely controlled by highly organised criminal structures, this multimillion euro industry clearly falls under the definition of organised crime, and must be addressed accordingly. Estimates of the value of wildlife trafficking alone reach up to EUR 8 billion to EUR 20 billion annually. To effectively fight this criminal activity, competent authorities must prioritise resources across all the illegal trade activities.