The Stark Reality of Illegal Wildlife Trade
Each year, alarming numbers of plants and animals fall victim to illegal collecting, capture, or killing. Driven by the demand for timber, curios, pets, trophies, skins, trinkets, and traditional medicine.
Shockingly, the illegal wildlife trade generates up to $23 billion annually, ranking it as the world’s fourth-largest criminal industry, following drugs, arms, and human trafficking.
The Alarming Rise of Wildlife Trafficking
Interconnected Crimes: Unveiling the Dark Web
The illegal wildlife trade shares connections with other criminal activities, including narcotics and arms trades. Studies have confirmed overlaps between these illicit businesses, leading to shared facilitators and transport mechanisms. Investigations into wildlife crime can illuminate the operations used to traffic other illegal goods.
Additionally, disturbing evidence shows that human trafficking and terrorist networks along the East African coast use similar channels to those employed in wildlife trafficking, exposing the intricate web woven by these criminal networks.
Join the Fight: Protect Our Wildlife
The time to act is now. The illegal wildlife trade threatens not only the existence of various species but also the very fabric of our planet’s biodiversity. By joining forces, we can make a difference: