Anneliese Dodds MEP

The South East's Voice in Europe

Campaign to end wildlife crime

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Anneliese has pledged her support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW) campaign to end wildlife poaching.

Anneliese wants the UK to continue to take the lead in the international community to stamp out wildlife crime.

The illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated £11.6 billion per year. It ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking.

Criminals are attracted to wildlife trafficking for its huge profits and low penalties. Disturbingly, traffickers are often well-armed rebel and militia groups, who are willing to slaughter threatened species and even kill people who guard them, in order to obtain elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and other wildlife parts.

Anneliese said: "Overall, the EU has had a good record on animal welfare - often under pressure from Labour and other Socialist and Democrat MEPs - but we need to keep the pressure up in this vital area. Wildlife crime is just that - criminal activity- and it must be treated with the seriousness that it deserves, including within the EU".

IFAW's work to combat wildlife crime includes providing training and equipment to anti-poaching ranger units, training customs officials to identify and seize wildlife contraband, collaborating with law enforcement authorities to arrest and prosecute black market traders and working to reduce demand for these products throughout the world, particularly in China.

IFAW's UK Campaigns Manager, Tania McCrea-Steele, said: "The impact of poaching and the illegal trade on wildlife is very grave and we are witnessing entire populations of iconic species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos being brought to the brink of extinction. We thank Anneliese for showing her commitment to stamping out wildlife crime."

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