The illegal trade in wildlife is pushing many animals such as elephants, lions and tigers to the brink of extinction. This is why I have been calling for an EU Action plan against illegal wildlife trafficking.
Wildlife trafficking is an organized crime operating on a massive scale and is the fourth largest illegal activity in the world, after drug trafficking, counterfeiting and human trafficking. Europol estimates that it has an annual turnover of between EUR 18 billion and EUR 26 billion. It leads to a large-scale decline of endangered species and also undermines the rule of law, security and economy.
- Asked a Parliamentary Question to the European Commission to scrutinize its actions regarding planned measures to end the cruel trade in ivory.
- Joined the MEPs for Wildlife Interest Group, a cross-party initiative to keep the pressure up on the European Commission to propose a EU Action Plan against Wildlife Crime, and signed a letter to the European Commission to come up with an EU Action plan against illegal wildlife trafficking.
- Signed a written declaration against trophy hunting