LionAid

To identify EU Hotspots of Illegal Wildlife Trade

Closing the “Grey Trade” in valuable wildlife products is an initial & immediate means of combating wildlife crime, which is worth over £10 billion ($12 billion) pa. This trade attracts criminal syndicates, destabilizes nations & wreaks havoc with important biodiversity assets in source countries.

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It ran from 9:55 PM, 13 April 2013 to 9:55 PM, 13 April 2013

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1137606)

Amount raised

£50

Donations

1

    Category

  • AnimalsAnimals
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation

    Helping

Location

  • "…over the past few years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before."

    — Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

  • “Wildlife trafficking is a global problem to which the Commission attaches great importance…"

    — EU Commissioner Potocnik

  • "The European Union is the third largest market for illegal wildlife products after China and the United States”

    — Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP (ALDE, Netherlands)

  • "…over the past few years wildlife trafficking has become more organized, more lucrative, more widespread, and more dangerous than ever before."

    — Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

  • “Wildlife trafficking is a global problem to which the Commission attaches great importance…"

    — EU Commissioner Potocnik

  • "The European Union is the third largest market for illegal wildlife products after China and the United States”

    — Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy MEP (ALDE, Netherlands)

Situation

The recent CITES CoP indicated that any action must result from cooperative efforts from source, transit & destination countries.The EU is thought to be the 3rd most important region in the world for destination of illegal wildlife products & so significant achievements can be made to arrest the upward trend of illegal trading with a more determined and effective EU stance. By closing many loopholes in the legal trade used by traffickers, significant progress can be made in the short term.

Solution

Using the legal trade records, we will show that there are considerable inconsistencies that can be seen as facilitating the illegal trade. These studies of the “grey trade” need to be expanded, enhanced and maintained to pinpoint trafficking hotspots needing attention by enforcement authorities. Criminal networks are highly flexible in terms of taking advantage of these loopholes, and their areas of operation can rapidly shift as attention is focused on a particular nation.