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Brighton and Hove Liberal Democrats

MEPs declare war on wildlife traffickers

November 25, 2016 9:42 AM
Originally published by South Central Region Liberal Democrats

Today MEPs have voted for tough measures to combat the growing trade in illegal wildlife products which is destroying the planet's ecosystem.

Catherine Bearder MEP

Catherine Bearder said "For too long, wildlife traffickers have been getting off with a slap on the wrist."

The report by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder makes the following recommendations to tackle wildlife trafficking:

Mrs Bearder commented:

"For too long, wildlife traffickers have been getting off with a slap on the wrist. This is a serious and organised crime by efficient and international criminal gangs. They should be facing consistent sentencing across the EU.

"Now that the UK has opted to stay in Europol the government must push for wildlife trafficking to be listed as a "serious and organised" crime.

"Elephants might be extinct in ten years' time at the current rate of slaughter - the public want to see something done about this problem immediately and we must respond to this crisis now.

"The UK government must include "pre-convention" ivory in its plans to ban the "modern day ivory" trade."


Notes to Editors

The report can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-%2f%2fEP%2f%2fNONSGML%2bREPORT%2bA8-2016-0303%2b0%2bDOC%2bPDF%2bV0%2f%2fEN

Link to news story: http://www.bearder.eu/meps_declare_war_on_wildlife_traffickers

567 MEPs voted in favour of this report. 5 against.