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Turtles: Conservation

Volume 469: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs with reference to the answer of 23 October 2007, Official Report, column 168W, on Turtles: conservation, if he will list the UK wildlife crime priorities for 2007-08; and with respect to the illegal trade in CITES species, what the five species threatened by illegal trade are that are being focused on. (171213)

The five UK wildlife crime priorities for 2007-08, agreed by senior Government and enforcement officers, are offences against bats and freshwater pearl mussels, the illegal trade in CITES species, the illegal killing of hen harriers, and poaching.

With respect to the illegal trade in CITES species, the five areas being focused on are caviar, ivory, ramin, tortoises and traditional medicines.

The priorities do not preclude action being taken to investigate and prosecute crimes against other wildlife species.