Mark Tami MP supports campaign to stamp out wildlife crime

IFAW

Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami has shown his commitment to protecting animals by pledging his support for the International Fund for Animal Welfare’s (IFAW) campaign against wildlife crime.

Mark Tami MP said: “I am very concerned about the impact that illegal wildlife trade has on threatened species of animals. I support the IFAW’s campaign against wildlife crime, which generates an estimated $19 billion per year, which needs to be tackled and I hope people in Alyn & Deeside will support it too.”

It ranks fourth on the list of the most lucrative global illegal activities behind narcotics, counterfeiting and human trafficking. Criminals are attracted to wildlife trafficking for the huge profits and low penalties. In addition to the growing demand for wildlife products, other factors contributing to the proliferation of the illegal wildlife trade are inadequate regulations, lack of enforcement, online marketplaces and the legal wildlife trade.

Robbie Marsland, UK Director of IFAW, said: “The impact of the illegal trade in wildlife is very grave and we are witnessing iconic species such as elephants, tigers and rhinos being brought to the brink of extinction. We thank Mark for showing his commitment to stamping out wildlife crime by attending our event.”

“As well as urging the UK Government to take a lead internationally, IFAW is calling on them to commit to the long-term funding of the National Wildlife Crime Unit and ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service has specially trained prosecutors handling all wildlife crime cases,” he added.