The trading and sale of illegal wildlife products, such as ivory and endangered species for medicines, is a dreadful act. It often helps finance other crimes and terrorist groups and contributes towards the extinction of species. Only this week the last male white rhino died.
I wanted assurances from the minister that the Government will be working with all departments – the Home Office in particular – so that when people are found with illegal wildlife products they can face the full force of the law. Especially when it comes to financial penalties.