On 18 and 22 September, the customs of the French Airport of Roissy have seized 119 live scorpions. The "Pandinus dictator" were listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The scorpions were intended to be sold in the USA as exotic pets.
The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature have signed an agreement this week to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific region.
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.