In February 2011, the Government of the Philippines issued an Executive Order to address illegal logging activities in the country. One portion of the order was to establish the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force (AILTF). Between 2011 and 2012, up to 25 civilian members of the task force were killed.
The Government of Australia estimated in 2012 that over 10 percent of the timber that is imported into the country was illegal logged. Based on the value of Australia’s logging industry, the value of illegally logged timber in the country is worth $4.1 Billion (4 Billion Australian Dollars).
Officials in the Philippines estimate that up to 95 percent of the gold trade in the country is controlled by black market smugglers. The rise in the smuggling of gold is attributed to the 7 percent tax rate on gold sales levied by the Central Bank starting in 2011.
Mexican drug cartel Los Zetas is estimated to be earning between $22 Million to $25 Million by illegally mining coal near the US border.
Illegal fishing activities around the world account for 19 percent of the world’s catches, according to the European Union.
According to environmental officials in Cambodia, loggers and traders are able to make thousands of dollars through illegal logging activities in the country.
As of March 2012, authorities found 1,175 illegal waste dumping sites in Britain and Whales. The biggest category of illegal waste that is dumped is construction and demolition waste.
In August 2012, police in Italy reported that they has been an increase of 78 percent in the amount of gold, silver and cash that was prevented from being smuggled out of the country in the first six month of 2012.
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that tens of thousands of puppies are trafficked from Ireland into the United Kingdom. The traffickers are meeting the demand of puppies due to a shortage in the UK from strict spaying and neutering polices that have lowered the dog population.
Due to illegal fishing and poor governance, Africa losses up to one million tons of fish each year, according to the Director of the Fisheries Center at the University of British Columbia in Canada.