Illegal trading of animals is a big issue in today's society. More and more animals are going extinct, in part because of the acts committed while trying to buy or sell an animal for profit. In the past 400 years, 350 species of animals have gone extinct (Ryder, 214). Illegal trade generates billions of dollars and is therefore highly popular.
Despite international and local laws designed to crack down on the trade, live animals and animal parts, often those of endangered or threatened species, are sold in open-air markets throughout many regions of the world. Growing demand, leaky borders and the attraction of big money make it a rewarding business.
The illegal wildlife trade is when animals are illegally collected, transported and sold. It applies to live animals or animal products. Wildlife trade also encompasses the illegal trade of plant material. Trafficking can take place across international borders as well as domestically.Global trade in illegal wildlife is a potentially huge illegal economy, estimated to be worth billions of dollars each year. The most lucrative illegal wildlife commodities are rhino horn, elephant ivory, sturgeon caviar, and so-called “bush meat.” Wildlife smuggling may pose at transnational security threat as well as an environmental one.The illegal wildlife trade is a growing problem driven by a number of factors (e.g. subsistence, alternative medicine, accessories, the pet trade). High demand for illicit wildlife products is.
In the UK, some trade of elephant ivory is still legal. Likewise, our new report on wildlife crime showed 174 cases of inconsistent and lenient sentences for wildlife trade offences. We are using our skills, expertise and resources to stop the illegal wildlife trade by expanding the scope and impact of our work.Read More
Illegal hunting and trade of animals Introduction Hunting of wild animals is not actually a recent issue considering the long time that this act has been going on for a long time in the history of man. Since the early periods before modernization, there is still documentation and evidence of hunting of the wild animals especially the rare ones.Read More
In fact, 92% of the 500,000 live animal shipments between 2000-2006 to the United States (that’s 1,480,000,000 animals) were for the pet trade, and 69% of these originated in Southeast Asia.Read More
In-country illegal wildlife markets also exist in nearly all major cities, which deal in illegal trade of protected and endangered species including freshwater and marine turtles, birds, reptiles and mammals, etc; as well as live animals, their parts and products including fur. Pet turtles for example are known carriers of Salmonella bacteria.Read More
When considered with illegal timber and fisheries, wildlife trafficking is a major illegal trade along with narcotics, human trafficking, and counterfeit products. (3) (4) Products demanded by the trade include exotic pets, food, traditional medicine, clothing, and jewelry made from animals' tusks, fins, skins, shells, horns, and internal organs.Read More
Animal welfare; Speech Foreign Secretary's opening remarks at Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference In a speech at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference the Foreign Secretary says it now ranks.Read More
This is illegal and means the number of elephants in the world is decreasing very quickly. There are different opinions about whether or not the ivory trade should be allowed.Read More
Trade threat to primates. Oxford, UK, 21st February 2011—The trade in live primates worldwide involves tens of thousands of individuals per year, with a linear increase in export numbers over the last 15 years, while the trade in dead primates involves an estimated in excess of a million animals a year according to a new study published in Endangered Species Research.Read More
Poaching, in law, the illegal shooting, trapping, or taking of game, fish, or plants from private property or from a place where such practices are specially reserved or forbidden. Poaching is a major existential threat to numerous wild organisms around the world and is an important contributor to biodiversity loss.Read More