The illicit capture and trade of wildlife products has garnered the attention of the UN General Assembly during discussions about strengthening national and international governance.
- International trade in endangered species products is estimated to be worth $8-10B per year globally.
- President Ali Bongo of Gabon recognises the damage this does to his country’s environment and biodiversity and intends to strengthen Gabon’s criminal justice system to combat the problem. However, the low risk high reward nature of the crime makes combating it very difficult, especially in poorer regions of the world.
Tackling this problem will require an international effort with the WWF calling for consumer countries to reduce their demand of endangered species products. For the UK, this translates in to tighter border controls and stricter penalties for those participating in this illegal activity.
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