Friday, 30 November 2012

Interpol’s most wanted wildlife criminals

Interpol are stepping up their drive against wildlife crime
November 2012. Interpol maintain a list of their most wanted criminals from around the world, and they have a section for wildlife criminals. The seven men (They are all men) currently listed include 4 from China and one each from USA, New Zealand and Nepal.
Amongst those wanted are Jason Shaw, a New Zealander who ran was at the centre of the biggest animal-cruelty case in the U.S. US officials issued an arrest warrant for Shaw, 37, owner of the pet and wildlife wholesaler U.S. Global Exotics, where agents seized more than 26,000 animals - many dead or dying.

$10 billion per year industry
Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State, recently issued a stern warning against illicit trafficking of wildlife products. She announced that the U.S government is keen to pursue a policy on non-trafficking and wildlife security. Clinton said that the global value of illegal wildlife trafficking is as much as $10 billion per year, ranking it as one of the largest criminal transnational activities worldwide along with arms, drugs and human trafficking.

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