The Civil Guard has intervened in Guadalajara an important amount of hunting trophies and illegal naturalized animals, among which are parts and derivatives of elephants, hippos, skulls of bear and wolves, tusks of ivory or fur.
The operation was carried out in a logistics warehouse in the town of Fontanar (Guadalajara), where troops from Seprona were transferred together with an inspector from the CITES Management Authority. Once in place the acting agents, after examining and identifying the specimens, which were packed inside boxes, They verified that they were not accompanied by the mandatory documentation, proceeding to their apprehension and subsequent transfer to the legally determined destinations.
These behaviors could be included in the Law on Repression of Contraband, which depending on its final assessment establishes prison sentences of 6 months to 5 years and a fine of up to 350% of the commercial value of the species. The merchandise would be part of a private collection of hunting trophies, acquired in huntings in African countries, mainly.
Fourth most lucrative illegal business worldwide
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement concluded between States. Its purpose is to prevent, through the application of common standards, that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants put their survival at serious risk.
Interpol's estimates point to the crime against the environment as one of the fastest growing sectors internationally, mainly motivated by the broad economic benefit obtained by specialized criminal networks operating in this field.
According to reports from the United Nations and Interpol, environmental crimes are the fourth most lucrative illegal business worldwide after drug trafficking, counterfeit products and human trafficking.
In this Operation, developed by agents of the Service of Protection of Nature (Seprona) of the Command of the Civil Guard of Guadalajara, has had the collaboration of the CITES Management Authority and the Provincial Delegation of the Tax Agency in Guadalajara.