Fraudstorytelling | Weekly filmtips | May 13, 2022
Every year, millions of individual animals of thousands of species are poached to be traded around the world. Elephants are poached for their tusks, and rhinos die so that their horns can be sold. Illegal trade in wildlife species is one of the largest organized crime markets in the world’s multi-billion-dollar market. The illegal wildlife trade, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), generates an annual profit equal to that of human trafficking and drug-selling. Europe is one of the largest markets for the wildlife trade. The Netherlands plays an important role in this, with the airports of Rotterdam and Schiphol. In 2016, the four-year Action Plan against wildlife trafficking was adopted by the EU. The plan ensured that the fight against wildlife crime became politically more important, there was more cooperation between different enforcers and the EU started to pay more attention to it internationally. In this video, Terra Mater interviews, among others, the head of the mammal collection at the natural history museum in Vienna. When such illegal materials are confiscated at the airport of Vienna, they are usually sent to the museum, where they will identify species to verify if they are illegal or legal. Various other people will also be interviewed in this video to speak about this issue.
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