Washington. Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterize international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organized crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law enforcement officials the tools necessary to counter spiking rates of poaching.
Crimes related to the trafficking of flora and fauna are today one of the most significant money-makers for criminal networks, amounting to some $17 billion a year, according to some estimates.
That would make this black market the fourth-largest transnational crime in the world, according to Global Financial Integrity, a Washington watchdog group....
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