Protesters hold signs outside women’s fashion designer Eudon Choi in London during Fashion Week in 2017.
The COVID-19 pandemic has cast a harsh light on global commerce in wildlife. But many accounts focus on demand from Asia, ignoring the role of US and European consumers.
The pangolin, one of the most poached animals in the world, could have served as an intermediate host in the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans.
Covid-19, like other major epidemics, is not unrelated to the biodiversity and climate crisis we are experiencing.
Government officers seize civets in a wildlife market in Guangzhou, China to prevent the spread of SARS in 2004.
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Wild animals and animal parts are bought and sold worldwide, often illegally. This multibillion-dollar industry is pushing species to extinction, fueling crime and spreading disease.
Rosewood, the name for several endangered tree species that make beautiful furniture, being loaded in Madagascar.
For decades nations have worked to curb international sales of endangered plants and animals. But in countries like China, with high demand and speculative investors, that strategy fuels bidding wars.
A red-listed skylark.
One gram of songbird meat is estimated to sell for the equivalent of one gram of marijuana.
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The slaughtered tigers were not bred in zoos, yet their story should put captive breeding in general into question.
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Saving the rhino means tackling demand for its horn.
Illegally logged rosewood in Antalaha, Madagascar, 22 February 2005.
The illegal timber trade is a huge global business worth up to US$150 billion yearly. One way to curb it is by convincing consumers in wealthy countries that buying contraband wood products is wrong.
Anti-corruption bilboard in Uganda.
Tax fraud combined with dirty money from criminal activity, including trafficking and terrorism – are seriously weakening the economic health of African states.
The endangered ‘fishing cat’ is known to scientists as
Prionailurus viverrinus, but is Felis viverrinus in Chinese wildlife law.
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Many scientific names have changed since China's 'protected species list' was last updated in 1989.
Elephants examine tusk of poached brethren.
Using DNA testing, researchers find that most elephant poaching is happening in two spots – crucial information to stopping the flow of ivory out of Africa.