CHINA-LINKED WILDLIFE POACHING AND TRAFFICKING IN MEXICO

A Report from the Brookings Institute says that wildlife trafficking from Mexico to China receives little international attention, but it is growing, compounding the threats to Mexican biodiversity posed by pre-existing poaching for other markets, including the US.  It says that it is likely, however, that the extent of poaching and trafficking, including to China, is larger than commonly understood.  The report says that legal wildlife trade from Mexico to China, such as in sea cucumbers and crocodilian skins, provides cover for laundering poached animals; and that illegal fishing accounts for a staggering proportion of Mexico’s fish production.  Organised crime groups across Mexico, especially the Sinaloa Cartel, seek to monopolise both legal and illegal fisheries along the entire vertical supply chain.

https://www.brookings.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/FP_20220328_wildlife_trafficking_felbab_brown.pdf

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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