European Commission confirms new Action Plan on Illegal Wildlife Trade by end-of-the-year
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Illegal wildlife trade has escalated exponentially in recent years, and has attracted the involvement of organised criminal networks as a result of it being considered a low risk – high return activity. Consequently it is impacting wildlife conservation and ecological integrity, and threatens economic and political stability in many regions. Given the role EU Member States play as source, transit points and major destinations for many wildlife products in illegal trade, and the influential role the EU and its Member States have at an international level, the development and implementation of an Action Plan is considered an urgent priority.
During the last years, Eurogroup for Animals in collaboration with its members, has participated in the consultation process on the EU approach to wildlife trafficking, asking for the Action Plan and submitting a list of priorities that should be addressed by it. These include, among others, the following measures:
- Providing guidance and assistance to Member States in creating national action plans and providing training to enforcement and judiciary agencies;
- The adoption of a cross-departmental and cross-institutional approach,
- The supervision of the legal trade to ensure that wild-sourced animals or products derived from them are not being laundered through fraudulent use of captive bred codes;
- Supporting anti-poaching initiatives in source countries;
- Tackling demand for wildlife products by supporting evidence-based demand reduction strategies in consumer countries
- Protecting and assisting live animals in illegal trade though improved identification and reporting, and through the development of appropriate confiscation arrangements.
Eurogroup for Animals is part of a coalition of international NGOs that provide advice to the MEPs4Wildlife group and will continue to influence and monitor the process of development and implementation of the Commission Action Plan on illegal wildlife trade.
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