About: wildlife crime

Is the EU doing enough to address wildlife crime?

The EU has become a global leader in tackling the illegal trade in wild animals and their products but needs to do more to address the wildlife crime happening on its doorstep, says Janice Weatherley-Singh

EU must ban ivory trade, or risk becoming a pariah

An EU-wide ban on ivory trade is essential if the global trend to close down markets is to succeed in protecting elephants from poachers, argue Mark Jones and Joanna Swabe.

Most ivory bought in Europe is illegal, investigation finds

Almost three-quarters of all ivory sold legally in Europe is in fact illicit and comes from tusks of elephants that were killed after the 1990 ban on ivory trade, according to an investigation released on Tuesday (10 July).

EU donates millions to help save Africa’s wildlife

The European Union on Tuesday (5 December) donated €17.2 million as part of a €30m package to boost efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa to reduce the illegal killing of wildlife and the trafficking of related products.

How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.
Economy & Jobs 17-03-2017

Fighting wildlife trafficking must be made a priority

The recent killing of a rhino in a French zoo brought the harsh realities of wildlife crime to our doorstep, yet the EU already lies at the heart of the illegal wildlife trade. Joanna Swabe, Eleonora Panella and Daniel Turner argue that tackling wildlife trafficking must be made a priority issue.
Trade & Society 31-01-2017

Wildlife protection: Leveraging the EU-Japan trade deal

The EU-Japan trade deal is an opportunity to encourage Japan to stop flouting multilateral environmental agreements, writes Joanna Swabe.
Climate change 23-06-2016

Europe cracks down on wildlife trafficking

EU environment ministers this Monday (20 June) adopted the European Action Plan against wildlife trafficking, presented by the European Commission in February this year. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.
Climate change 06-06-2016

United States to tighten restrictions on ivory trade

The United States will impose tough restrictions on the trade in ivory from African elephants, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on Thursday (2 June). Notable exceptions include antiques and musical instruments. EURACTIV's partner Journal de l'Environnement reports.

It’s time for the EU to get serious about wildlife crime

At this year’s UN World Wildlife Day, people and organisations all over the world celebrated the stunning diversity of flora and fauna around the planet, writes Catherine Bearder MEP.