European Commission must get serious about wildlife crime and present Action Plan soon
Eurogroup for Animals supports the UN’s World Wildlife Day and calls on the European institutions, especially the European Commission to take its responsibilities seriously and to act today to make a difference.
The illegal trade in endangered animal and plant species amounts to USD 19 billion and after drug trafficking, trade in counterfeit products, and trafficking in human beings, the most lucrative source of illegal earnings.
The EU has a major role to play in stopping this trade and by acceding to the the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) it has affirmed its commitment to environmental protection and achieving the Convention’s goals. Eurogroup therefore calls upon the European Commission to propose as quickly as possible an EU Action Plan against wildlife trafficking.
Commenting on World Wildlife Day Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals said: “We have a responsibility to protect wildlife on a global scale and not just within the EU. The Convention will only be effective if it is enforced effectively. This means that, customs, police, and inspection services need to work together globally and that the EU looks beyond its Treaties and it responsibilities on environmental protection and becomes a global leader in protecting the world’s wild fauna and flora.”
“Eurogroup for Animals is extremely proud of the work its members are doing not just in the EU but throughout the world to help stop wildlife crime and to ensure a sustainable future for all the world’s wildlife. But it is not just their responsibility and as the UN rightly says in its theme for this year’s World Wildlife Day it is time for all of us to get serious about wildlife crime so the Commission must present its Action Plan as quickly as possible,” she concluded.
We have a responsibility to protect wildlife on a global scale and not just within the EU.Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals