UN recognizes wildlife crime deserves serious time



Posted on 23 May 2013  | 
Illegal wildlife trade
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In April, the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice agreed the illicit trafficking of wildlife should be treated as serious crime, and encouraged UN members to ensure that members of organized criminal groups are sentenced to four years or more in prison.
Currently, in many countries wildlife smugglers are given fines lower than the value of the wildlife they are smuggling, and wildlife trade links to other organized crimes, such as drugs and guns.
In separate but related developments, Japan, New Zealand and Russia have committed to increase the penalties including jail for wildlife smugglers, and South Africa has recently imposed a 40-year sentence on a convicted rhino horn smuggler.

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