Motion for resolution on the illegal trade in animals

Motion introduced by MEP Aldo Patriciello :

Motion for a European Parliament resolution on the illegal trade in animals

The European Parliament,

–       having regard to the 1973 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora,

–       whereas the UN has declared 3 March World Wildlife Day,

–       having regard to Rule 133 of its Rules of Procedure,

A.     whereas the Italian non-governmental organisation LAV marked World Wildlife Day 2015 by drawing attention to the current boom in the illegal trade in animals, which now generates an annual turnover of between USD 8 and 10 billion (roughly EUR 9 billion);

B.     whereas the illegal trade in protected species and products derived from them is particularly big business in the European Union, and whereas Italy has a shameful record when it comes to the trapping, killing and marketing of protected species of fauna and flora, in particular for the Asian and African markets;

1.      Calls on the Commission to take as soon as possible steps to combat the illegal trade in animals, including via the internet, effectively and ensure that traffickers are punished appropriately.

 

URL: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=MOTION&reference=B8-2015-0800&format=XML&language=EN

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