Dawn Primarolo MP's latest response to constituents regarding Wildlife Cybercrime:
Thank you for your recent email sharing the findings of the International Fund for Animal Welfare's (IFAW’s) recent 'Wanted - Dead or Alive' report, which shows the extent of wildlife cybercrime.
I was appalled to read of the scale of the problem, and that some of the most endangered species in the world are regularly traded through UK websites.
As I am sure you are aware, it is an offence in the UK to trade in endangered species (or specimens of endangered species) without a valid permit, in accordance with the existing Control of Trade in Endangered Species (COTES) regulations. A review of these regulations is currently underway by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in consultation with enforcement authorities. IFAW's findings certainly suggest this is an area of law that should be looked at closely and I hope the Government takes the necessary action following the review.
There is clearly a role for the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NWCU) and I am pleased that, after considerable pressure, the Government has agreed to further short term funding. I am also pleased that the Labour Party has confirmed that we will build on the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and make it a priority for DEFRA and across government.
Please do not hesitate to contact me again about this or any other matter.
Dawn Primarolo MP