The Price Tag Of The Wildlife Trade

When ‘the price of animal parts is rising faster than Gold or Cocaine’ we are seeing yet more madness in the threat to Wildlife. Alarming fort from Penny Banhams blog but what can you and I do to help stop these illegal trades. Raise the profile, share the facts, support campaigns! It’s better than just sitting on our butts.

A Changing Wild World

The illegal wildlife trade is an industry worth $10 billion a year, making it the world’s fifth-largest illicit market behind drugs, counterfeit products, trafficked people and smuggled oil.

In 50 years of conservation, we have never seen wildlife crime on such a scale. Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world's best-loved species — elephants, rhinos and tigers. In 50 years of conservation, we have never seen wildlife crime on such a scale. Wildlife crime is now the most urgent threat to three of the world’s best-loved species — elephants, rhinos and tigers.

Tiger bones, penises, deer musk, paws and bile of the Asiatic bear and rhino horn have a huge market due to their so called ‘medicinal’ properties. Tiger bones are used to treat rheumatism and arthritis, as well as limb spasms and lower back pain. Rhino horn is used to treat fever, convulsions, and haemorrhagic conditions. It is also popularly used to relieve dizziness, build energy, nourish the blood, and cure laryngitis. Rumours have circulated in Vietnam that rhino horn had cured a VIP of terminal liver cancer. Bear bile is…

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