How can the Digital Services Act help to curb the illegal animal trade online?
Until now, any focus on the criminal pet trade has concentrated on the animal welfare and consumer
fraud aspects, but it has become clear that illegal trade is structured and organised by criminal elements. Both EU and the Member States recognize the need to join forces to tackle this increasingly pressing problem and point to long-term solutions for the sake of protecting the European citizens and the Single Market. Similar to the fight of central and local governments against drug trade and human trafficking, combatting pet trade controlled by criminal gangs must be assisted by mechanisms of support at the EU level.