24 Apr '13, 8am

have you seen our piece in @the_ecologist ? UK Gov needs to send clear message to wildlife criminals:

have you seen our piece in @the_ecologist ? UK Gov needs to send clear message to wildlife criminals:

In the UK, specialist wildlife police are at risk of becoming an endangered species themselves It is a pivotal time in the global fight against the illegal wildlife trade. Rhino poaching is at a record high, there is a seemingly unquenchable thirst for ivory in the East and there has been a bloody battle at CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) to take shark fin soup off the menu. The signs are clear: this is not some niche, illicit trade carried out by petty part-time villains. It’s a major source of revenue for a global network of hardened criminals – gangs, drug lords, terrorists all growing rich from the trafficking of wildlife, none about to have a crisis of conscience and stop what they are doing. To them, a rhino horn is simply a commodity. An endangered parrot is an expensive trophy pet. A shahtoosh shawl is a must-have fashion accessory. ...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1899286/uk...

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