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Leon Perera on Endangered Species (Import and Export) (Amendment) Bill

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Singapore can “show forward thinking and leadership” on tackling the illegal wildlife trade by taking action beyond CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), said MP Leon Perera. He suggested plugging “exploitable loopholes” and implementing a “reverse listing” model instead of the blacklisting model used by CITES. This would place the burden of proof of sustainable trade on those who profit from the trade, and could better protect existing and newly discovered species. Mr Perera said there is room for stiffer penalties to position Singapore as a regional leader in the fight against wildlife trafficking. He also proposed that advertising illegal wildlife transactions online be treated as an offence. He spoke in Parliament on Monday (Jul 4).

Singapore can “show forward thinking and leadership” on tackling the illegal wildlife trade by taking action beyond CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora), said MP Leon Perera. He suggested plugging “exploitable loopholes” and implementing a “reverse listing” model instead of the blacklisting model used by CITES. This would place the burden of proof of sustainable trade on those who profit from the trade, and could better protect existing and newly discovered species. Mr Perera said there is room for stiffer penalties to position Singapore as a regional leader in the fight against wildlife trafficking. He also proposed that advertising illegal wildlife transactions online be treated as an offence. He spoke in Parliament on Monday (Jul 4).

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