FACE General Assembly
On 25 October, the General Assembly FACE, representing the views of 7 million European hunters, unanimously adopted a new resolution on wildlife crime, strengthening its long-standing position on "zero tolerance." Bern Convention, the European Commission, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to combat crimes against wildlife.
The provisions of the resolution
The FACE resolution:
• Guarantees strong support for “zero tolerance” towards wildlife crime.
• Requires a better understanding of the root causes driving wildlife crime as a basis for lawmakers to properly design policy and regulatory responses.
• Appeals to policy makers to work with the hunting community to combat wildlife crime.
• Supports the need for effective and efficient application of the legislation relating to these offenses.
The position also recognizes the work of Hunters' Associations across Europe in advising and assisting law enforcement authorities in the fight against wildlife crime. Some examples of hunters' actions in this field are available on the official website of FACE (source: FIDC).