Calls for tougher laws to fight on­line trade in wildlife

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

Gov­ern­ments have been tasked to come up with strin­gent poli­cies to stop il­le­gal on­line wildlife trade. Par­ties to the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in En­dan­gered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora unan­i­mously agreed to curb cybercrime.

Par­ties to CITES must en­sure that law en­forcers, gov­ern­ments and on­line tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies work closely to save wildlife. Kenya tabled the pro­posal at the just-ended CITES meet­ing in South Africa. Gov­ern­ments are re­quired to es­tab­lish and share best prac­tices on en­force­ment, in­clud­ing work­ing with In­ter­pol to es­tab­lish guide­lines for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

“We are de­lighted and thank par­tic­u­larly Kenya, which tabled the is­sue at the con­fer­ence in Jo­han­nes­burg. Wildlife cybercrime is a se­ri­ous threat to en­dan­gered species as re­search con­ducted by us since 2004 has es­tab­lished,” Ta­nia Mc­Crea-Steele said. She is the In­ter­na­tional Fund for An­i­mal Wel­fare global wildlife cybercrime project lead. The meet­ing took place be­tween Septem­ber 24 and October 5.

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En­vi­ron­ment CS Judi Wakhungu

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