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Campaign to stamp out wildlife crime  - 28th November 2013

Sir Roger Gale MP (North Thanet) has shown his commitment to protecting animals by pledging his support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) campaign against wildlife crime.
Sir Roger attended IFAW’s ‘Criminal Nature’ event at the House of Commons.  Key speakers included Davyth Stewart from INTERPOL and former Environment Minister Richard Benyon MP.

The illegal wildlife trade generates an estimated $19 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 the huge profits and low penalties. Often, the proceeds are used to fund well-armed rebel and militia groups who are willing to slaughter threatened species and kill people to obtain elephant ivory, rhinoceros horn and other wildlife parts.
In addition to the growing demand for wildlife products, other factors contributing to the proliferation of the illegal wildlife trade are inadequate regulations, lack of enforcement, online marketplaces and the legal wildlife trade.
Roger said: “I am appalled  by the current scale of illegal wildlife trade and its impact on threatened species of animals. I am proud to support IFAW’s campaign and I hope my constituents will get behind the campaign as well.
I think that we can say that when, separately,  Prince Charles and the Duke of Cambridge are taking an active interest in wildlife crime and poaching then we all ought to be taking an interest!”
As well as urging the UK Government to take a lead internationally, IFAW is calling on them to commit to the long-term funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has specially trained prosecutors handling all wildlife crime cases.


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