Senate Bills 2078 (Villar) and 2079 (Zubiri) define and penalize the crime of “wildlife trafficking” as a distinct and separate offense from trade, possession, and transport of wildlife due to its scale and nature.
The draft amendatory bill shall prosecute the crime of Wildlife trafficking as a distinct and separate offense.
Wildlife trafficking is committed when:
three or more individuals cooperate and work together in illegally collecting, killing, transporting, trading of wildlife, their by-products and derivatives;
it is for the purpose of exporting to or importing from another country;
it involves 100 or more specimens of threatened species or 200 or more specimens of non-threatened species.
Penalty for wildlife trafficking ranges from 12 years and 1 day to 20 years and a fine of Php 200,000 to Php 2,000,000.