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Species Victim Impact Statements (SVIS)
Each Species Victim Impact Statement provides a guide for prosecutors and judges
The SVIS provide information on conservation value, ecosystem impact through
exploitation, population depletion and food chain effects, current monetary value of species on
the black market, welfare concerns for particular species in harvesting and transport, invasive
species concerns, and disease and pathogen concerns (including potential carriers of zoonotic
Each SVIS also provides information about existing conservation forensics techniques, such as DNA and stable isotope analysis, that can be used to effectively prosecute cases.