By Mina Fabulous
Saying that trafficking in wildlife is not a benign activity and is a criminal threat that requires a criminal justice response, the United States of America today outlined its efforts to combat illegal wildlife trafficking.
In his remarks at HRH Illegal Wildlife Trafficking Meeting in London, Director David M. Luna for Anticrime Programs, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs says the Department of State has been engaged on the diplomatic front to raise the profile of wildlife trafficking as a criminal concern in bilateral and multilateral fora including: APEC, ASEAN, East Asia Summit, U.S.-China Joint Liaison Group on Law Enforcement Cooperation, and the G8 Roma-Lyon Group.
US is also developing innovative public-private cooperation through cooperative platforms at the OECD and the World Economic Forum to combat illicit trade including wildlife trafficking, human trafficking, counterfeit medicines, narcotics, and other emerging threats.
In addition, the Department of State has also provided regional law enforcement training targeting supply and demand regions for wildlife trafficking at the International Law Enforcement Academies in Gaborone and Bangkok.
US places wildlife trafficking within the context of its broader goals of combating corruption.
Aside from corruption, wildlife trafficking is placed in the context of US broder goals to dismantling transnational organized criminal networks, and promoting the rule of law. More....