Animal smuggling countries face sanctions

2012-07-26 19:17

Geneva - Delegates to a UN conservation meeting are threatening sanctions against six countries unless they approve legislation to fighting the illegal animal trade.

The multibillion-dollar illegal trade in wildlife is a growing problem, and environmentalists say a big reason is nations' failure to enact stiff penalties for traffickers or enforce wildlife laws already on the books.

The subject was a major topic on Thursday at a week-long meeting in Geneva of the 175-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

The six countries - Comoros, Guinea-Bissau, Paraguay, Rwanda, Nepal and the Solomon Islands - were told they must approve laws imposing penalties for wildlife smugglers and other provisions on how to handle confiscated wildlife.

Delegates to the meeting said the countries would have 60 days to draw up the required legislation.

  • jean.tredoux.5 - 2012-07-26 20:18

    ag what's the chances! it is easy to put a plan on paper but to implement it is another issue!!

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-07-26 21:16

    And what about Southern Africa and Rhino horn,Ivory and the rest of the bloody callous poaching and smuggling that goes on here?

  • robin.stobbs.9 - 2012-07-27 08:50

    CITES is a sick joke.

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