Drug Traffickers are Decimating Jaguar Habitat in Central America

Slash and Burn by Michael Nickel. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Slash and Burn by Michael Nickel. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

I just came across this article from GlobalPost. It claims that drug traffickers are wiping out protected rainforests in Central America. As a result, jaguar are now at risk for extirpation in Honduras and Guatemala.

Drug traffickers are moving into protected areas and converting them into cattle ranches. This allows them to profit from the exportation of meat and narcotics, and provides a clever front. According to the original article, it allows them to claim that the land could not have been protected, because it is a ranch.

When conservationists call attention to the devastation, they risk being killed. Last May, a ranger named Jose Alexander Gonzalez was murdered in the middle of the afternoon on a public street after reporting illegal logging.

I do not know what else to say about this. You can read the original story here.

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