Mrs Beinisch, first of all, let me thank you for accepting this interview with DV8 World News. I am personally delighted to have you with us today. We are going to talk together...

Read more

Ecology: Are you in fashion? No longer a company without its environmental charter, no more a product without its eco-responsible promises, no more a speech coated with ecolo...

Read more

Eating plant-based is 6 times more effective for the environment than eating organic and local according to Carbone 4 , and it takes 4 times more land to feed a person with a hi...

Read more

Not a fan of Unabomber. “When the hares declared equal rights between animals, they wanted to ostracize the lions; they didn't answer, but they bared their teeth &r...

Read more

Environmental Crime Directive.

Environmental Crime Directive. | Posted on 2022-06-13 16:00

The European Commission published its proposal for the revision of the Environmental Crime Directive (2008/99/EC). Despite clear improvements, Eurogroup for Animals calls for a more ambitious framework. This proposal remains insufficient for Member States to ensure the prosecution of all wildlife-related offences, provide adequate penalties and address the proper care of confiscated animals.

Eurogroup for Animals welcomes this proposal, which builds on the lessons learned from the evaluation of the Directive, adopted in 2008. The evaluation concluded that there is  a lack of prosecution of environmental crimes, absence of cross-border cooperation and inappropriate sanctions. This resulted in a weak legal framework promoting wildlife crime as a high reward - low risk offence, facilitating the global wildlife trade now largely conducted by organised criminal networks. 

The proposal addresses a number of identified loopholes. In particular, it provides that Member States must allocate sufficient resources and capacity to national authorities, as well as qualified staff and Judiciary. Importantly, Member States will be obliged to collect statistical data to monitor the effectiveness of their system that will be published through the European Commission. 

Despite these improvements, Eurogroup for Animals has identified a number of shortcomings undermining protection of wild animals that must be addressed to ensure an appropriate and efficient directive:

  • It should provide for the conservation of all species potentially at risk from wildlife trafficking. It is essential not to wait until these species are endangered to act! 
  • Online trading on legal and illegal marketplaces has been increasingly used by wildlife traffickers all across the EU. Yet, under this proposal, it is not listed as an offence. 
  • Animal welfare considerations are absent from the proposal. It is important to ensure that cruelty against animals is considered as an aggravating circumstance enabling increased penalties.
  • It must ensure appropriate care for animals that are victims of these crimes. Indeed, confiscated animals often are life-long victims, even if their offender has been apprehended, as they are kept in unsuitable conditions. 

Based on these observations, we call on the Members of the European Parliament and Member States to consider and support the proposals detailed in our position paper, responding to European citizens’ concerns and the alarming need to protect wild animals and the wider biodiversity.

Posted on 2022-06-13 16:00

Wizardwords 7.0 Greenwashing is more than Brainwashing but so is Blackmail Someone once said: ”I believe that children are our future, teach them well and let them lead...

Read more

Michelle Thew is the CEO of Cruelty Free International – the leading organization working to end animal testing worldwide. For more than 20 years, Michelle has been an adv...

Read more

What is sustainable finance and how it is changing the world Investors no longer face a choice between profit and saving the planet. Sustainable finance is prio...

Read more

DV8 Chat

Find your friends on DV8 Chat.

Suggestion

Newsletter

Receive news directly to your email!