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Thu 23 Sep 2004

CoP 13 proposal - An interpol for the wildlife trade

Category : envt

See "Wildlife experts propose setting up Interpol-style unit." Wires services reported in The New Paper, 22 Sep 2004 [pdf].

"Their body parts are used for billiard cues, luxury items and traditional medicine. And as South-east Asia gets richer, the demand for the Asian tiger and other rare plant and animal species is growing.

To tackle this problem, a specialist Interpol-style unit is needed to take on the organised crime networks running the multi-million dollar trade in animal smuggling, conservation experts said Tuesday.

They said smugglers are running rings around poorly-funded investigators trying to stem the trade and even when they are caught penalties are too lenient to put them off."

"The demand for more rigorous law enforcement comes ahead of next month's Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. The Bangkok convention will see 166 nations taking part (Thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties or CoP 13).

The Association of South-east Asian Nations is expected to make an announcement about regional enforcement at the summit which runs Oct 2 to 14."

Read the fill article in The New Paper, 22 Sep 2004 [pdf].

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