Uganda’s minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities has alluded that wildlife trafficking could be directly linked to terrorism and funding of terror activities across the globe. The minister said that while wildlife trafficking, terrorism, and money laundering are designated as illegal not much attention is paid to the former and as such making it a very viable source of funding for terror activities and groups.
The minister said, “We still have co-ordination gaps amongst law enforcers. This meeting will help us take stock of efforts in combating wildlife crime and agree on how to strengthen synergies that will make our response to wildlife crime robust.”
Uganda is seeking to urge the UN to launch a joint initiative that would curb wildlife trafficking as some of those illegal funds end up in the wrong hands that fund both domestic and global terrorism either directly or indirectly. While the connection between trafficking and terrorism would appear trivial the trafficking networks could be exploited by terrorist and as such cause a greater threat than already is.