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Parliamentary questions
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13 January 2015
E-000358-15
Question for written answer E-000358-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marlene Mizzi (S&D)

 Subject:  Ivory trade over the Internet
 Answer in writing 

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has been investigating wildlife trade over the Internet across the globe since 2004. According to the IFAW report ‘Exposing Online Wildlife Trade’, an investigation found that almost one-third of such advertisements (totalling 3 047) concerned ivory or suspected ivory. Ivory and suspected ivory constituted the most traded item in China, the UK, France and Belgium.

1. Does the Commission agree that serious consideration should be given to investigating illegal trade in ivory?

2. Is the Commission considering developing strategies aimed at specifically addressing online wildlife-related crime and, in particular, ivory trade over the Internet?

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