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Wildlife Crime & Trade

The Wildlife Crime and Trade Working Group works to improve the conservation and protection of wild flora and fauna threatened by domestic wildlife crime and international trade, also seeking to address the associated welfare issues. The working group aims to ensure the effective enforcement of UK wildlife laws and the proper implementation of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), and relevant EU directives.

Chair: Mark Jones, Born Free Foundation
Vice Chair: Peter Charleston, Bat Conservation Trust
Policy and Campaigns Manager: Emma Pereira, Link

Update from the Group

UK Policy
Recording Wildlife Crime
One of the Group’s key work areas is to advocate for wildlife crime to be recordable in the UK. The Group is concerned that tackling wildlife crime in the UK is not afforded the prioritisation and resources that it deserves, partly due to a lack of understanding of the scale of wildlife crime in the UK.

The Group has commissioned a report investigating the issue of wildlife crime in England and Wales. The aim is to make a strong and robust case to Government to show that wildlife crime is a major issue. The final report is expected in the coming months.

Sentencing Guidelines
Members of the Wildlife Crime and Trade Group are advocating for clear and up-to-date sentencing guidelines for those that commit crimes against wildlife. The Group has written to the Ministry of Justice and the Sentencing Council on this subject, and hopes to further engage with Government to improve the situation.

International Policy
The Group has been advocating for the closure of the domestic ivory market in the UK. In December, members wrote to Defra Secretary of State, Andrea Leadsom, highlighting the urgency of the situation. It is understood that a consultation on the possibilities for stopping this trade will be published soon. The Group’s Chair, Mark Jones, wrote a blog outlining the main concerns and the impact of the UK’s trade on elephant populations.

For further information, contact Emma Pereira, Link’s Policy and Campaigns Manager.

Last updated: 31 March 2017