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Wildlife and forest crime - 13th UN Crime Congress, Doha 2015, News Story
13 Apr 2015 -  Wildlife and forest crime is a rapidly growing industry, yielding enormous profits for the criminal networks, ranking alongside trafficking in drugs, arms and people. It affects us all, with quick profits leading to devastating losses of wildlife in the future. Animals are being killed for body parts or for the exotic pet trade. Trees are cut down and forests are destroyed to make furniture or other wood products. The impact of the crime is global, although the illicit trade is predominantly in and between the regions of Africa and Asia.

The Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov and the Secretary General of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) John E. Scanlon