EU tackles wildlife trafficking


Thai customs officers adjust confiscated smuggled African elephant tusks at the Customs Department in Bangkok, Thailand, 18 December 2015

EU tackles wildlife trafficking

The European Commission adopted an EU Action Plan to tackle wildlife trafficking within the EU and to strengthen the EU's role in the global fight against these illegal activities, which have become some of the most profitable crimes worldwide.

Recent years have seen a dramatic surge in wildlife trafficking. An estimated 8 to 20 billion euro pass annually through the hands of organised criminal groups, ranking alongside the trafficking of drugs, people and arms. It not only threatens the surv...

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