Agence France-Presse. (2004, October 5). Governments barely putting a dent in illegal wildlife trade. [Online]. Available: http://www.terradaily.com/2004/041005101737.uf763w7q.html [2008, February 29].
government; trade; crime; enforcement; CITES; corruption; gangs
Governments and international agencies are barely denting the multi-billion dollar illegal wildlife trade dominated by highly organised crime syndicates, officials said Tuesday.
Gangs have incorporated the lucrative wildlife racket into their operations while authorities have failed to crack down or tackle rampant corruption hampering enforcement efforts, experts said at a global meeting on the trade here.
"This is a real problem and we are not giving it sufficient attention," John Webb, the US Department of Justice's assistant chief prosecutor of environmental crimes, told reporters at a meeting here of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
"It is a business that reaps tremendous profits for those who want to take the risks and there is a great deal of wildlife that is being illegally traded, and we are just barely putting a dent into it."
He said the total illegal trade was estimated to be worth more than 10 billion dollars a year while...