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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
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 for more effective law enforcement, partly due to a lack of understanding of the scale of wildlife crime in the UK.

The Group has commissioned a report investigating the feasibility and advantages of collecting data on wildlife crime. The aim is to make a strong and robust case to Government to show that wildlife crime is a major issue in the UK, and that data need to be collected and analysed in order for police forces to allocate resources most effectively. Collaborative work with the University of Derby on a postgraduate research project into wildlife crime recording is also helping to provide further evidence of the need to make wildlife crime more recordable. The Group is currently reviewing report drafts and expects to finalise the report over the coming months.

International Policy

Following both the Hanoi conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade in November and CITES CoP17 in October, the Group continues to share information and engage with Defra, to ensure that the adopted proposals are implemented effectively within the UK, and urging the UK Government to continue to prioritise international wildlife trafficking going forward.

One of the recent Group activities is to advocate for the closure of the domestic ivory market in the UK. The Group wrote to Andrea Leadsom in December on this subject and understands that a consultation will soon be produced by Defra. In January the Group wrote to MP’s, reiterating its support for the UK to restrict the domestic trade in ivory in advance of the parliamentary debate on 6 February.

The Group’s Vice Chair, Emily Wilson, stepped down in January and we would like to thank Emily for all her hard work and enthusiasm for the Group’s work over the last year.

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

Last updated: 01 February 2017