Fin whale being flensed at Hvalfjordur whaling station 2 (c) EIA
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Targeting wildlife crime bosses – it’s all about the money
... Last week, the Environmental Investigation Agency participated in an annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering, in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting marked the first time wildlife crime has been included on the agenda of the group, with more than 100 delegates from governments and the private sector spending three days discussing “Wildlife Crime Financial Flows”.
At the meeting, EIA gave a presentation analysing illegal wildlife trade networks, including a case study of ivory trafficking from Tanzania to China derived from the Vanishing Point report released last year. EIA’s research reveals that between 2009-14, approximately 40 tonnes of ivory originating from Tanzania was intercepted outside the country en route to the consumer market, with 22 tonnes seized inside the country. Based on a conservative figure of $2,100 per kilo for raw ivory tusks in China, the main destination, the 62 tonnes seized has an end market value of $130.2 million.
It is inconceivable that such large amounts can be moved around in cash rather than through the banking system, but to date EIA is unaware of any anti-money laundering investigations occurring in relation to these seizures.
One case in particular illustrates how opportunities to track the money flows associated with ivory seizures – and so to target the bosses of smuggling syndicates – are being squandered. In November 2013, Tanzanian police raided a house in the upmarket Mikocheni area of Dar es Salaam, following a surveillance operation. At the location, three Chinese nationals were discovered packing 706 elephant tusks in preparation for export. Documents found at the scene indicated a similar shipment had already been despatched to the port of Zanzibar for export; inspection of a shipping container at the port uncovered a stash of 1,023 tusks.
This was clearly the work of a major crime syndicate ...
Read today's Blog Extra from EIA Campaigns Director Julian Newman at eia-international.org/targeting-wildlife-crime-bosses-its-all-about-the-money
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Take action! Tell European Commission not to ditch marine litter targets
Did you know that 60-80 per cent of marine litter comes from land-based sources?
Last year, the European Commission issued a vital marine litter reduction target, along with legislation for reducing and recycling waste, only to withdraw it with the promise of a more ambitious proposal in 2015.
Now this legislation, known as the Circular Economy Package, is about to be re-issued – but this time it’s missing the marine litter target.
The Commission is showing a serious lack of ambition in tackling marine litter. Extensive work has already gone into establishing this target and it is vital for driving marine litter reduction measures across the EU.
We need to show it that European citizens want to see action to stop waste in our seas need your help to pressure the Commission to include a reduction target for marine litter.
There are two easy but important ways you can play a vital role in telling the Commission how important this issue is to you – please visit our action alerts page at ht.ly/V9xYA to send Facebook messages and Tweets to the right people.
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Only one week to go until you can DOUBLE your donations to EIA via the Big Give Christmas Challenge 2015!
Thousands of whales, dolphins and porpoises are being killed every year as a result of commercial hunting in countries such as Iceland, Japan and Norway.
By making a donation via the Big Give Challenge, you will help fund our campaign to end North Atlantic whaling and create a safe environment for these sentinels of the sea.
When? 12 noon on December 4 and 5
For more information or to sign up for personal email reminders, please call +44 (0) 20 7354 7960 or email email@example.com.
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