Wildlife trade report presented jointly with Russian Federation Environment Ministry

IFAW presented the collected data at a joint press-conference.Recently IFAW Russia presented a report jointly with the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation, the report is called: "Wanted - Dead or Alive: Exposing Online Wildlife Trade"

This international investigation was started by IFAW in February of 2014. Initially, the publication of the report was scheduled for the middle of summer, but the volume of collected information turned out to be so vast that its processing required twice as much time as we initially thought.

We welcome the serious attention of the Ministry of Natural Resources of the Russian Federation to online wildlife trade. IFAW presented the collected data at a joint press conference, where Rinat Rinatovich Gizatulin, Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, stated that the Ministry is ready for serious actions, namely:

  • To equate illegal online wildlife trade as a wrongful act to drug trafficking;
  • To ban import of polar bear hides and other wildlife specimens from Attachment I CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) into the Russian territory.
  • And the Ministry will open a hotline for collecting information on illegal trade in rare animals, which will start its work on January 1, 2015. 

Nikolay Drozdov, biologist and TV host, and Ilya Lagutenko, lead singer of Mumiy Troll, all stated their support for the hotline.

Another important topic was also discussed during the press conference: from the legal point of view animals are regarded as property. This issue stands in the way of adopting a series of other legislative initiatives, and has to be resolved.

Rinat Rinatovich highly praised the report prepared by IFAW as an opportunity to understand the scale of online trade and take relevant measures to fight the illegal wildlife trade.

--AF

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