March 1, 2013
CITES SUMMIT: Conference of the Parties
Head of Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Wildlife says people and animals are at immediate risk from wildlife crime and a “clampdown must mirror war on drugs”.
According to the Guardian, top wildlife officials said that crime syndicates and terrorists are outgunning those on the frontline of wildlife protection and pose a deadly threat to people and animals.
The law enforcement fightback must mirror the war against illegal drugs, said John Scanlon, secretary general of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites), with undercover operations and harsh penalties.