The UN released the results of the first comprehensive research ever conducted on illegal trafficking of animals. The now known report’s findings reveal a global network with links to terrorism.


In World Wildlife Crime Report: Trafficking in Protected Species, a report released by the UN in June, data on trafficking in protected species are overwhelming.

For example, it was found that the number of rhinos killed rose from 50 in 2007 to 1,350 in 2015, while the elephants are hunted at a rate of 30,000 per year.

Mammalian correspond to 30% of cases, immediately followed by reptiles (28%). The report also shows that many of the animals that live traffic are such sedated for transport, about 50% die on the way.

There is a network that works globally to profit from this trade, says the World Wildlife Crime Report. The animals are hunted in a continent and sold in another.

Living or dead, for the fashion industry, cosmetics, or pharmaceuticals are preyed upon by people on the ground gives way to corruption and often the profits of the business serve to feed terrorist networks, connecting with arms trafficking.

In February the European Commission adopted an action plan to combat trafficking of wild species within the community space and strengthen the fight against this crime.

This plan is part of a broader strategy to combat the financing of terrorism, which shows the connection between the two activities had been established before the UN report be made public.


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