Interpol is now asking for assistance from the public in tracking down nine key suspects. This is the first time that individuals have been targeted.
The trade in wildlife crime is said to be worth around $213bn per annum, according to the UN.
The move has been welcomed by Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites). They are concerned not just with the impact of environmental crime on species but also with the effect on political stability.
Members of the public who have any information on the possible location of the fugitives can use this form to contact Interpol. Information can also be given anonymously to any national crime stoppers programme.
Here they are:
|Fugitive name||Nationality||Wanted for|
||Italian||Kidnapping, illegal detention and carrying of firearms, receiving stolen goods, aggravated wounding, theft, violence against a police officer, illegal transport and discharge of toxic waste, poisoning water beds, counterfeiting accounting books, fraudulent invoicing, resisting arrest, fraudulent bankruptcy.|
||Pakistani||Unlawful exportation of government trophies|
|Ariel BUSTAMANTE SANCHEZ
||Mexican||Piracy, violation of the law on fishing|
||Zambian||Unlawful possession of elephant tusks|
|Bhekumusa Mawillis SHIBA
||Swazi, South African (not confirmed)||Game Act|
|Feisal Mohamed ALI
||Kenyan||Dealing in wildlife trophies|
|Nicolaas Antonius Cornelis Maria DUINDAM
||Netherlands||Environmental crime, wildlife crime, receiving stolen goods|
||Russian, German||Organization of a criminal group, legalization of money, violation of Russian sea and special economic zone legislation|