singapore illegal animal trafficking

Topics: International trade, Biodiversity, Wildlife Pages: 2 (578 words) Published: November 16, 2013
Delegation from The Republic of Singapore

Position Paper for the First Committee of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Dias Topic 1: Illegal Animal Trafficking
The multi-billion dollar illegal trade in protected species is one of the most lucrative illicit markets in the world today. Combined with habitat loss, it is driving many wild animals and plants towards extinction. Unsustainable poaching and wildlife trafficking is perpetrated globally, with less developed countries often targeted in this theft. Despite national and international laws designed to protect endangered species, almost all wild species are traded. Big cats, pangolins, reptiles, birds, elephant ivory and illegal timber are traded illegally in large quantities. This illegal trade is driven by demand for hardwoods and softwoods; rare plants; bones, scales and other ingredients for traditional medicines; pets and zoo exhibits; collectors’ trophies; decorations and luxury items; as well as wild meat and other products. Many of those involved in the trade, including consumers, are unaware of the impact their actions. Singapore believes that animal trafficking is wrong and that it should be stopped for good. Because of this belief, Singapore has joined the Wildlife Enforcement Network and is also a funding member in ACD. In addition, illegal animal trafficking is targeted towards the asian countries, specifically Southeast Asia. As some civilians of Singapore are associated with this tragedy, Singapore has set firm laws to stop animal trafficking and a fine will given if caught. Singapore became a Signatory to CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) in 1986. CITES is an international agreement designed to ensure that trade does not threaten wildlife species with extinction. The national legislation that...
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