There are already many organizations and agencies seeking to stop these criminal activities but having the U.S. Secretary of State join the effort will go a long way to ensuring that more of us pay attention and more members of the global community take on the responsibility of stopping what is not a victimless crime.
The revenues generated by the sale of these wild animals flow into other illegal activities and the domino effect spreads throughout society. This blood money supports local insurgencies and terrorist activities and promotes political instability. The wildlife products end up traveling through organized crime networks, especially between Africa and high-end markets in East Asia. Smuggling of wildlife across international borders bypasses quarantine and other health regulations which risk the spread of infectious diseases such as Ebola, SARS, monkey pox and others. These viruses and diseases have the potential of impacting human health including causing death, harming international commerce and disrupting local economies.
STEPHEN SAUTNER: 1-718-220-3682; firstname.lastname@example.org
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