May 30, 2024
  • The 2024 World Wildlife Crime Report was released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime on May 13, 2024.
  • The report provided insights into the illegal wildlife trade that occurred between 2015 and 2021.
  • According to the report, the rhino and the cedar were the animal and plant species most affected by global illegal wildlife trade during 2015-2021.

AFFECTED ANIMAL SPECIES :

  • The market for Rhino horn constituted 29 percent the biggest chunk among animal species.
  • It was followed by the market for pangolin scales at 28 percent and the market for elephant ivory at 15 percent.

AFFECTED PLANT SPECIES :

  • Cedars and other Sapindales like mahogany, holy wood and Guiacum constituted the biggest market at 47 percent.
  • Rosewoods were second at 35 per cent.
  • Agarwood and other myrtales like ramin and eucalyptus were third at 13 percent.

ABOUT WORLD WILDLIFE CRIME REPORT :

  • It was the third edition 2024 of the report and earlier editions published in 2016 and 2020.
  • It “probes trends in the illicit trafficking of protected wildlife species and presents analyses of wildlife crime harms and impacts.

 

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