WWF/TRAFFIC Facts and Figures on Illegal Wildlife Trade in the EU



Posted on 09 January 2014  
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The EU is both a major destination and a transit point in the global wildlife trade.

All EU Member States are Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES), the international treaty which regulates global wildlife trade. CITES is implemented in the EU via a set of EU Wildlife Trade Regulations which go further than the requirements of the Convention. CITES regulations within the EU are implemented through the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

However, poor implementation of the existing EU regulations on wildlife trade in some Member States leave EU borders porous to illegal trade activities.

WWF and TRAFFIC have put together a list of facts and figures on the illegal trade of wildife products in the European Union. 
Illegal wildlife trade
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