Lib Dem MEP calls for EU to step up the fight against human trafficking

Yesterday in Parliament, Catherine Bearder, Liberal Democrat MEP for the South East, spoke in a debate on human trafficking.

She commended the EU's progress in tackling the crime, however we "must do more" she stated.

She called on the Commission to produce its new strategy for preventing the crime and stressed the importance on supporting the victims.

Watch the speech here:


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Over 800,000 songbirds were illegally trapped and killed last Autumn according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

These creatures are being killed by illicit criminal gangs who profit from selling these birds on the black market.

Please see the letter below that was sent to Mr Fallon.

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Farmed rabbits must be protected

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Over 1.07 billion rabbits are slaughtered each year as the drive for global rabbit meat production continues to increase. This meant rabbits became the second most frequently farmed species after chickens in the EU in 2014.

Rabbits must have more space, the reports says. They must be also offered a better variety of food and a more natural level of social interaction.

Catherine Bearder MEP said:

“The EU must continue to maintain high levels of animal welfare - this is why I am supporting the proposed changes.”

“Not everyone is aware of the conditions of farmed rabbits, but the time has come to ensure they are treated as well as other farmed animals.”

“These measures will ensure rabbits are kept in more humane conditions. It is right to ensure these animals face a healthy and happy life.”

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Wildlife crime neglected in Europol’s security agenda

Today Europol has released the consultative draft of its Serious and Organised Crime Threat Assessment (SOCTA). The SOCTA sets the crime and security priorities for Europol for the next four years.

Neither wildlife crime nor environmental crime were listed as a “high priority” in the SOCTA.

The cross-party parliamentary group MEPs For Wildlife are urging EU Member States to prioritise wildlife trafficking in the SOCTA agenda.

Catherine Bearder, Chair of the MEPs For Wildlife group said:

“Only by making wildlife crime a high priority in the SOCTA will Europol be given the resources and people it needs to tackle wildlife trafficking.

“Wildlife trafficking is a high profit, low risk activity and involves organised criminal gangs. The money gained from the illegal wildlife trade is often used to fund terrorist groups and other money laundering schemes.”

Benedek Jávor MEP said: 

“Europol are essential in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

“In addition to nature conservation activities in source countries we need cross-border intelligence agencies like Europol to be stopping wildlife trafficking in the EU.”

SOCTA 2017:

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