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Illegal wildlife trade

Interpol defines wildlife crime as taking, trading, exploiting or possessing the world’s wild flora and fauna in contravention of national and international laws. Most wide-reaching of these laws is the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) which is an international agreement between governments aimed at ensuring that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. The AIC website provides wide-ranging links to international and Australian sites involved in combatting the illegal wildlife trade.

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