International Animal Crime

Animal Blawg

Ellen Zhang

On the 7th and 8th of November, 500 of the leading law enforcement and environmental experts came together at the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)- United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Conference (ECEC) in Nairobi, Kenya. They discussed recent trends in environmental crime and the impacts of those violations. “This is a global phenomenon. This is a global market place. It’s globally active syndicates, criminals who are engaging in this trade who are causing damage to national economies and communities,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP’s Executive Director, and “[there is] a rapidly escalating environmental crime wave.”

According to UNEP, environmental crime is associated with international criminal syndicates. UNEP and Interpol are working together to provide a global system of communication for information sharing to prevent environmental Zhang piccrimes.

“People from around the world are outraged that organized criminal networks are robbing the world of our elephants, rhinos…

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6 thoughts on “International Animal Crime

  1. Good for Kenya and the responsibility undertaken. This also serves an educational purpose –the citizens know that the authorities care and enact laws. Best of all, good for the elephants and rhinos and all those poor creatures victims of such an abhorrent fate. This should be an example for everyone else to follow.

    But, let me add this controversial fact, not to be forgotten: the USA is the prime place for illegal ivory trafficking because of loopholes in the legislation. Yes, they burnt those tusks but still the nightmare is taking place.

    Local efforts will not help curb the crime if other countries in this loop of blood keep their doors open –so sad to say this. 😦

  2. Kudos to Kenya. They strike me as being often on the forefront of these initiatives. I like the sound of “paramilitary” and “life sentence” in this context, and I’ll try not to be my usual skeptical self here, convinced that no one cares enough to stop these crimes. Some people do care. I hope Kenya’s legislation in enacted and that other countries follow suit.

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